Category: Nature Photography

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us as we start at the Frank L. Cloud Park in the City of Kingsport. Established in the 1950’s this small park was once a hot spot for the residents of Kingsport. Today, it still hosts a playground, picnic tables, basketball courts, a skateboard ramp and a parking lot for the Kingsport Greenbelt trail.

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Frank L. Cloud Park

My husband and I were downtown for a doctor’s appointment, enjoyed lunch at Beef O’Brady’s and decided to take a short walk on a section of the Greenbelt that we had yet to explore. We parked at the Frank L. Cloud parking lot and headed out to the walking path just a short distance away.

This area was quite different from the Greenbelt that we had come to know. The section we walked was closer to an industrial area of Kingsport. The Domtar Paper Company was across the creek and along a section of the walking path. As in many areas of the Kingsport Greenbelt, there are many commercial businesses nearby.

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As the Greenbelt goes, we followed along Reedy Creek. We started out with plenty of shade but overall, there was less shade than we had become accustomed too. The temp was in the 80’s and it was early afternoon so we only walked about a 1/2 hour out and then back to our car.

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There was less wildlife in this section but we were greeted by a duck and several Canadian Geese. We had numerous Canadian geese on the lake we lived on in Ohio. It looks like they may have moved to Tennessee too!

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We continued our walk along the Greenbelt, taking in the lush, green trees and the flowing Reedy Creek.

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Ahead of us we saw a wooden bridge. The bridge crossed under a railway and above the creek. The foot bridge was new but the train bridge was built in 1907. Oh, the history and stories that surely lie within its trestle and ties.

A train passed overhead as we were walking out from under the bridge.

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Holston River

A little further down the Greenbelt walking path, Reedy Creek flows into the “south fork” of the Holston River. The north and south forks meet up in Kingsport and flow to Knoxville, TN. It is a major river system that flows 136 miles as it drains much of NE Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina.

A man was standing in the middle of the river, waist deep, as he fished the lake.

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A Mockingbird greeted us with an assortment of songs! Mockingbirds loudly “mimick” the sounds of other birds in rapid succession, changing from one bird song to another. Such fun to see and hear one today!MockingBird_Copyright AvanteArt

Bracket Fungi

As we were returning to our car, this Bracket Fungi on the side of a tree caught my eye. These polypores are a group of fungi that inhabit and attack the wood of trees, mainly feeding on dead trees. For the most part, Bracket Fungi’s are good. They play a significant role in nutrient recycling and carbon dioxide production of forest ecosystems.

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Bracket Fungi

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us

This sums up our walk for today, starting and returning to the Frank L. Cloud park in downtown Kingsport.

I hope you have enjoyed walking with us along this section of the Kingsport Greenbelt in Tennessee. Another memorable walk and a beautiful day!

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer

Sunny Surprises – Come walk with us – Kingsport TN Greenbelt

Sunny Surprises – Come walk with us – Kingsport TN Greenbelt – Today my husband and I walked 2-miles on the Kingsport, Tennessee Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a wonderful walking path that follows along Reedy Creek. Let my photography take you on a walk with us….

On today’s sunny walk, there were many unexpected surprises. Ducks are always a favorite but today we also saw a Blue Heron, a vulture and three deer. The deer were too quick as they wandered through the woods and evaded my attempt to photograph them.

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When we arrived, we were greeted by this darling goose bathing in the creek. Splish, splash, I was takin’ a bath…

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Bath time…

As we walked down the path, we were greeted at every turn by the beautiful blue sky, vibrant trees in various shades of green and bright sunlight shining through the tree branches.

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The ducks did not disappoint today. In fact, there were plenty of recently hatched ducklings about…

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Kids Day Out
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While many ducks were gathered together in the same area, the one below was enjoying a quiet retreat from the chaos….

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Quiet Retreat

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Not all bridges are over troubled waters…

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Bridge over “untroubled” Waters

Around another curve, we came across a tiered, wood planter and a resting bench nearby.

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I couldn’t resist photographing the tree below as it’s roots cantilevered over the creek. What strength it must have. Stay rooted is the caption that came to mind.

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Stay Rooted

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An avid bird lover, I heard the chirps before I saw the Cardinal. He was VERY high up in a tree. Luckily, I was able to zoom in and capture him as he enjoyed the tree top view.

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Green, green and more green. How can you not love the green oasis that awaits you on a nature walk? Greenbelt is an appropriate name for this beautiful walking path in Kingsport, TN.

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Green Oasis

Friendly Vulture

I’m not sure if the words “Friendly” and “Vulture” should be in the same sentence but that’s what we were told about the vulture below. A man was sitting on a bench and the vulture brushed against him before flying to a branch in the creek. We were shocked, amazed and perplexed as to why the vulture would do such a thing. Perhaps from people getting too friendly with the wildlife? Who knows. All we know is that he struck a pose for us as we stopped to look.

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Friendly Vulture

I enjoy photographing unusual trees, especially those that have unusual trunks. I’ve dubbed the tree below a Family Tree due to all of the large trunks that appear to come from one root.

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Family Tree

Birdhouses are not something I see every day on the Greenbelt and yet today we saw two. Are there more? Who put them there? I wonder if they were placed there in memory of a loved one lost. My Dad loved his birds. He would have loved the birdhouses too.

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A Blue Heron popped his head up from the brush as we walked along the path. He appeared to be on the lookout for dinner. I wonder what’s on the menu? Fish again?

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Sure enough, he was goin’ fishin’ and headed off under a bridge.

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Gone Fishin’

The Greenbelt walking path goes on and on. It’s actually very hard to stop walking as we want to see what’s around the next curve in the path. My husband and I had to remind ourselves, that however far we walked in one direction, we would have to walk back!

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As my husband and I were winding down, I took a few more photos as we walked back to our car. t was time to go home after our lovely walk on the Kingsport Greenbelt in Kingsport, TN.

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Time to go home…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a walk with us. Have you walked the Kingsport Greenbelt? What’s your favorite part of the walking path?

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer