Middle Falls at Burgess Falls State Park in Tennessee

Rushing water pours over the rocks at the middle falls at Burgess Falls State Park in Tennessee

Rushing water pours over the rocks at the middle falls at Burgess Falls State Park in Tennessee, from our Tennessee Waterfalls trip.

At Burgess Falls State Park, there are actually three falls and some cascades along the Falling Water River. The photo in the first Burgess Falls post was of the lower falls, which are the largest in height. The water that you see here in this photo is headed to the lower falls next.

If the water were to have thoughts, it might come to the cascades and think, “That wasn’t so bad!” And then it reaches the lower falls and says, “This is getting a little bigger!” By the middle falls, the water might say, “Oh no, this is getting intense!” And by the lower falls, the water says, “Put on the brakes! Where do I turn around?” Come to think of it, that is probably what the first people floating down the river in a canoe might have thought, too.1 I don’t blame them. And actually, I would have turned around by the time I reached these middle falls, if not sooner. It all makes me thankful for the trails and overlooks that we got to enjoy.

Good Decisions

As I mentioned above, going down the Falling Water River in a canoe, or any kind of boat, would not be a good decision. You might think it is nice not to have to paddle as you go along, until you reach the point where you cannot turn around.

You can probably think of all kinds of bad decisions. Some of them might seem like good decisions at the time. Or they at least might seem like decisions where nothing bad can happen. After finding themselves in some sort of trouble, so many people look back and say, “Well I thought it would be okay…”

Make wise choices and good decisions. One great way to do that is to choose to love one another instead of hating each other. Do nice things for others to show them love instead of doing selfish things only for yourself. Decide to do what you can to create the kind of world that you want to live in.

Make a good decision to love other people.

And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:21

Love One Another

About the Photo

Do you ever just get a hankering for a good black and white photo? Do you ever get a hankering for anything?2

Anyway, I like to post black and white photos from time to time, and I had been thinking it was time for another one. When I saw this photo, I knew it would be a good black and white candidate, and it turned out well. Processing was minimal, although I did increase the contrast slightly when converting to black and white.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: April 12, 2024
Location: Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee

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  1. Actually, I am not sure a canoe would have survived these middle falls. I would not want to find out. ↩︎

  2. Does anyone actually say “hankering” anymore? ↩︎


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