Kudzu: The Plant That Ate The South

No photograph of kudzu full captures how overpowering it is. The plant was brought over to the US for expositions in the last 1800s and then used for erosion control in the early 1900s. It aggressively covers anything that doesn’t move and can grow over a foot a night. The …

Islands in the Stream

Q: What do you call Dolly Parton doing the backstroke? A: Islands in the Stream When I was a kid there were many jokes about Dolly Parton’s Double DDs. I hope she doesn’t mind the jokes back in the early 80s. Mostly, I think we were all in awe of …

Some Long Hotels

When I first pulled onto the main strip of Pigeon Forge I saw a sign that said “Courtyard 22.77, Doubles 34.77”. Knowing hotels, my initial passing thoughts was that they charged a lot for internet around here. Then, I realized that you could get a whole room for a bit …

Hillbilly Boutique

In the tourist towns of the Great Smoky Mountains there are several icons on the Tennessee side: Dolly Parton, bears, and hillbillies. As for the hillbilly, while some people find it traumatizing, some of the people of the area have embraced the term.  There is Hillbilly Golf, Hillbilly Restaurant, Hillbilly …

Scattered, Smothered and Covered : Waffle House

After the party it’s the Waffle House If you ever been here you know what I’m talkin about – Jermaine Dupri “Welcome to Atlanta” The bright yellow sign with the monospaced WAFFLE HOUSE is a beacon of hope on a long road in the South. There is much to love …

Call of the Wild

The towns around the Great Smoky Mountains cater to helping people feel like they got away from it all. The fantasy doesn’t end when you feel the call of nature. Many of the bathrooms are decorated to continue the adventure. Gatlinburg TN, Pigeon Forge TN, and Cherokee NC Photographs from …

Gitty-Up and Pop

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association has events across the states, with many being held in the South. People get on their steads and race through a course trying to shoot the most balloons. The riders generally use replicas of revolvers from pre-1900. They dress in cowboy gear and sometimes old …

Doing What He Loved

On the college campus, a woman was feeding the feral cats. The groundskeeper told her to stop as raccoons were flooding the campus and multiple people, including myself, had seen raccoons on the historic oval. They made a pact that she could continue to feed the cats if she waited …

White Whale

I knew I was okay to leave East Tennessee after going to the annual Mother’s Day bike rally at Boozy Creek. I moved to Tennessee in 2007 and in the first couple months drove all around the area getting familiar and making photos. About the second week out driving, I …

A Swarm of Santas

Throughout the years, Santa and Mrs. Claus’ gather with different conventions around the country to talk about how to be a better mall Santa, magic tricks, and more. Like all groups, Santas often have a difference of opinion on who is naughty and nice. While I’m not sure exactly what …