Coker Creek & Conasauga Falls October Hike

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Directions from Chattanooga area:
Coker Creek Falls (about 7 or so in the series) & Conasauga Falls are up near Tellico, but Coker Creek trailhead is tricky to find. Go up 411 through Benton & Etowah, turn right toward Tellico, find the Coker Creek Welcome Ctr, pass it on the left on 68, go to Ironsburg Rd on Rt, Duckett Ridge on Lt (only marked with a #2 on post), follow the gravel access road to the sign in on the left, continue until parking at the trailhead. Trail is supposed to be 6 miles – wasn’t cleared all the way, but you’ll have access down the creek for plenty of falls. You can catch Conasauga Falls by road sign on your way out (another gravel access road off 68 – 3 miles to trailhead) – quick hike in. Short Day Hikes with big rewards. (Stop at the switchbacks if you don’t like climbs.)

P.S. I also caught another example of light refraction (did you spot it?), which was the theme for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.

Related Post: The Conasauga River (not to be confused with the Conasauga Creek, where Conasauga Falls is). Here’s also a good link that explains some of the geographical & name differences & similarities – Namesake: Conasauga Falls


The Refractive Power of Waterfalls

The easiest way to explain refraction is the bending of a wave, rather than it being directly reflected back in a straight path. (For us, we can see this with light waves.)

The Weekly Photo Challenge just happens to be on that topic: Refraction.

So let me refract your attention…
Anyone who knows me also knows how much I love hiking, waterfalls, butterflies & rainbows. (Note that I outgrew adding unicorns to the list.) But none of these compare to me nearly as much as the love I have for my family.

I believe I’m going to be able to work in all of these themes into this one post – without it being too much of a challenge (again, except for the unicorns)! 😉


Waterfalls are often good places to spot the refractive power of the bending of the light spectrum. And you can see that I found my treasures at the end of this waterfall rainbow!




Another North Carolina waterfall that we ran across on a short hike together – more like a 1/2 mile stroll in flip-flops. (Wait to you see what was enjoying the water being refracted from the rocks at the bottom!)

blue mountain butterflies

Tiny water droplets surround the blue mountain butterflies, who are enjoying the refreshing splash from the base of the falls, as each drop is refracted (along with glimmers of pyrite) from the sun’s rays and the shape of the camera lens. (The sunlight is actually also causing the blue from the upper part of the wings to be cast through, reflecting blue onto the otherwise brown side, as the butterflies fold up their wings.)


More water droplets depict refractive qualities, bouncing from the ground and out of the camera frame – much like the majority of the butterflies, now also making refractive pathways. (Notice the one in mid flight – towards top-middle of the frame – and how its underside camouflages it when its wings are folded & the light isn’t reflected through it, by blending in with the ground covering.)


And someone has been refracted from his upright position here, proving that tickling may be the most intense refractive power of all!!!! (Who knows? It could’ve even crippled Superman worse than Kryptonite!)

Carpe Diem Haiku #582, Inner Beauty (July 2013)

Carpe Diem is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary this month! Feeling as though it’s been that long since I’ve been a part of this poetically encouraging & educational community, I wanted to stop in today to say Congratulations! to Kristjaan/Chèvrefeuille (and all the Carpe Diem Haiku family who have been a part of this wonderful site over these past two years).

 Unsure my mind was creatively ready to contribute, I was thrilled to see the following invitation for a prompt: “Today we are going further along memory-lane and we have arrived at July 2013 in which all prompts were extracted from the novel “Manuscript found in Accra” by Paulo Coelho….Now it is up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers to write an all new haiku (or if you were a member than back in 2013, you may also share your haiku which you created for this same prompt in July 2013).” So be it! Here’s my blast from the past on Inner Beauty:


in what mirror can

I see that which may escape

a world looking out


a world looking out

for itself with senses

dimmed from all concealed


no more dimmed than me

who cannot fully see who

stares from inside out



Carpe Diem “Time Glass” #6 “Pine Tree”

Spread my wings

Of broad imagination

Tip to tip

No gravity

Aim for prolific horizon

Dare not look down


Written on the spur of the moment (on a much-needed break from writing a scientific article) in response to:

Carpe Diem “Time Glass” #6 “Pine Tree”

in which the goal is to compose and link-up a haiku inspired on a given photo and a prompt within 12 hours. This feature will bring you into that “moment” as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water, one of the base-rules of haiku.

Thanks for the loveliness of the moment! -j



Walking on Water

Last week, we were up on Bays Mountain in northeast Tennessee, hiking around the reservoir.

Much to my chagrin (which didn’t last long because I was enjoying the crisp air & colorful beauty too much), I didn’t have my Nikon with me.

Regardless, I happen to live in this wonderful technological age where I can pull an i-magic box from my back pocket and still share some of my glimpses with others. (All are unedited phonography.)

Here was the first event that pulled me to the water’s edge.

Because of the loss of resolution in my zoom function, my i-art looks a little Monet-ish.
But those of you who remember the Tennessee artist Ben Hampton will appreciate that I’ve added some of his artistic flair (a piece of wildlife that blends into the imagery). Did you spot it right off the bat? (No, sorry,didn’t mean to mislead you – it’s NOT a bat…)


A coot in the lily pads

Here’s a broader view of the lily pads with brighter fall plumage on the opposite bank’s trees than on our silly little coot.


And here’s our first crossing over the reservoir. It was awesome to walk across a field of lily pads!


Here are a couple of other great shots of crossing more lily pad mines – exploding with fall’s magnificence!

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On the way out, we spotted a funky little fungus (or maybe just a fun guy – get it? Fungi. If you pronounce it with the j sound, you won’t get it…) He’d artistically blanketed himself with contrasting & complementary colors for his photo op.


More proof that nature has great taste! (No, um, I wouldn’t suggest eating him.)

Falling for fall again, -jody

Let’s Have Some Halloween Fun!

This is the first crisp fall weekend we’ve had, dipping down to “this is a phenomenal Saturday for hiking” and “let’s bring in the ferns before Sunday morning’s frost.” So what better to do than plan a Friday night/Saturday morning project, so we could reward ourselves with that hike?

I thought I’d take you through a few of the steps of our self-mutilating fun (involving the type of chicken wire that is self-scratching, as well as various types of flesh-sticking glue). See if you can play the game without cheating to come up with your answer as we go (which means “don’t scroll ahead).

Here’SC1s Phase 1.0 – selecting the appropriate PVC joints. Any guesses yet? C’mon.

Even the guy at Lowe’s gave it a try. And he had a good answer…even if he was wrong.






Okay, maybe it’s a little premature in its shape to give many hints away at this point.


Moving on…

Next is what we’ll call Phase 2.5 (since you missed me measuring out the PVC pipe to my desired specifications, us finalizing the joint angles, gluing it all together, and working to avoid flesh wounds while shaping the chicken wire around the pipe. Come to think of it, this should be Phase 5.0 by my estimation.


And this is where the fun starts in daring to take a guess as to the finished project.


Any ideas yet?






Yeah, I’m on pins and needles by this time too.

Never mind. I was actually sitting on a leftover piece of chicken wire…

Once we got our project all dressed out and ready to go, T helped out with the transport.


SC5This is T (helping out with the transport, in case you didn’t get that.)

This should also give you a better idea of the size of the project in question (if you knew what size T was, of course).



It should also clue you in that our project is too lazy to transport itself.



But that’s a whole other story…


This next photo op was taken inside my car during transport.
SC6Did I mention that it wasn’t all that easy to get our project to cooperate with the idea of transportation?

It’s obviously a homebody.

Or didn’t want to miss the Tennessee-Florida game.



Neither did the other Tennessee fans – until the end of the 4th quarter.



So do you have an idea of where we might have been headed?
That’s right! Big Orange Country!!!


Surely this is what you were thinking when I said Big Orange Country. Yeah?


Well, this is going to be our project’s new residence for this rest of this month
(as long as it doesn’t end up like another famous Southerner – – –
Gone with the Wind).


When we arrived, it was a windy day – but there was plenty of fall sunshine to cut the chill in the air.

We took some time staking out a great location…

So do you have your guess yet??

Let’s see if you got it right…



SC8Here’s a selfie of our finished project with its creators – T & me.

Do you think you have it?



Hint: If you said a terrorist, you would be…




Because this guy is hanging in the pumpkin patch at our church…

SC9I’m dubbing him as our Spiritual Ninja Warrior!



(Not to be confused with the Southern term, “Hi Ya’ll!” (But I’m working at teaching him that one too!)


Both he & we want to wish you & yours a