Great Falls at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee

Rushing water roars over Great Falls on the Caney Fork River at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee

Rushing water roars over Great Falls on the Caney Fork River at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee, another park that we visited on our Tennessee Waterfalls trip.

The horseshoe-shaped Great Falls was a fascinating sight, as the rushing water appeared to be quite turbulent, creating a loud roar as it fell. The falls were so wide that I could not fit them into one photo, so here is another view:

Rushing water roars over Great Falls on the Caney Fork River at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee

This second view is to the left of the first view. You can line them up by locating the large rock formation that is in both photos. I suppose I could have tried to get fancy and stitch these together into one panoramic photo, but I chose to be simple and keep them separate.

If you are there to see the power of Great Falls, it would come as no surprise that there was once a mill nearby that got its power from the falls. But more about that another time.

Several signs near the overlook warned about dangerous water that could rise quickly. Needless to say, we did not stray from the overlook, and we remained on the trails that we hiked, too. Safety first!

The Power of Love

All of that rushing water at Great Falls has lots of power, and you can tell it just by standing nearby. And that power can be harnessed and put to use, too.

When I was thinking about the power of water, my mind then transitioned to the power of love. Thank you, Huey Lewis and the News.

The power of love is indeed a curious thing, because it can make you do all sorts of things. Just ask any young man who has tried to do something to impress a girl, something that he would not have otherwise done.

But the power of love is also in the results of an act of love. If you realize someone has done something for you out of love, it can change your view of that person, or it can even change your view of your own life. If you realize someone loves you enough to do something for you, it can cause you to love others enough to want to do something for them. Love has the power to change lives.

Of course, I can’t help thinking about the ultimate act of love that God showed us by sending his only son to be the sacrifice for our sins, which has changed many lives throughout history. And that makes Christians want to go out and love one another, too. That is the true power of love.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. - John 3:16-17

Love One Another

About the Photos

I was happy to be able to use the settings from the first photo as a preset for the second photo, so that I did not have to go through all the adjustments again. I wanted the photos to have the same look, so that was easy to accomplish.

This would have been a good photo for a super-wide-angle lens, or even a fisheye lens, but I do not have one for this camera. That might surprise you since I shot wide-angle photos for so many years, but I don’t. It is interesting how tastes change over time.

Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: April 12, 2024
Location: Rock Island State Park, Tennessee

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