I am a nature and outdoor enthusiast, photographer and writer from Knoxville, TN. My home base is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and southern Appalachian mountains, however, I do explore as many places as possible - with no borders. Being outdoors and encouraging others to be outside is my life's passion, as well as working with and teaching children. Photography and writing have become by greatest tools in inspiring others to explore of the beautiful places that we're surrounded by.. Regardless of what's going on, we should all make time to go outside and play - for being in nature isn't a want, it's a need. A need that must be met to be healthy and to thrive.