A few miles on up the road from my home, a long cascading waterfall in The Nantahala National Forest between Franklin and Highlands, North Carolina, USA. This is the Cullasaja River making its way through the Cullasaja Gorge which is a part of Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. You can glimpse the falls as you drive but getting to the falls is very difficult and can be dangerous. There is a wide place alongside the road in just one place where two or maybe even three vehicles can park otherwise, just glimpse and go on. The exciting drive is crazy curvy along the top of a cliff on the steep side of the gorge.
The Cherokee word ‘Cullasaja’ means ‘honey locust place’. Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) is a tree that is native to eastern North America and grows along this river among the many other trees of this hardwood forest.
‘Nantahala’ in Cherokee language means ‘land of the noonday sun’ and is quite fitting as some places between the mountains get sunshine only a few hours during the day.
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Exposure: 1/125 sec. Focal Length: 11 mm F/Stop: f/3.5 ISO Speed: ISO-100