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Gaea – a primary Greek primordial deity – is the personification of the Earth. As the ancestral mother of all life, she is the primal Mother Earth.

Our home is over flowing with a continuous stream of beauty – found through breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring formations. With a particular focus in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Gaea Photography is dedicated to exploring and capturing pristine quality photos of the lesser known and lesser explored corners of this magnificently diverse place.

My goal is to inspire, encourage, and empower others to take joy in experiencing and witnessing all that Gaea can offer. Throughout this site you will find my work manifested in the form of stunning galleries that are available for purchase, informative trip reports and articles to aide you in your explorations, group hikes lead by me to iconic or rarely visited spots, and various portrait services to help capture the experience forever!

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Explore Gaea:



Journey into the Adventure:

  • Mitchell Falls & the Demise of Dr. Elisha Mitchell – NC

    Mitchell Falls & the Demise of Dr. Elisha Mitchell – NC

    In 1857, during the peak of a nearly two decade long dispute over which mountain is the tallest in the region, Dr. Elisha Mitchell met his demise at the age of 64 when he fell off a 30-ft waterfall that drops between a rocky, narrow slot. Ironically named Mitchell Falls, this richly historic location has […]
  • Fourth Thru First Falls – The WILDS, NC

    Fourth Thru First Falls – The WILDS, NC

    The WILDS is a Christian Camp and Conference Center, located in south Brevard. Established in 1969 (and now celebrating their 50th year), they deliver top notch adventures to their campers with their impressive property and facilities. The property straddles the Gorges State Park boundaries and has “funtastic” activities such as hiking, climbing, tubing, swimming, and […]
  • Turtle Rock Falls, NC

    Turtle Rock Falls, NC

    Located inside the Green River Gamelands, in Saluda, this ~18-ft waterfall is easily one of the most scenic of the area. The rocky cove setting and the cascading intricacies of its structure not only offers great photo opportunities, but it’s also relatively straight forward to reach and moderate in difficulty – making it a great […]
  • White Owl Falls, NC

    White Owl Falls, NC

    Of the many roadside waterfalls along NC-281, between US 64 and Upper Whitewater Falls in Sapphire, North Carolina, White Owl Falls may very well take the cake for most scenic. Though only about 15-ft tall, this photogenic water feature is a top favorite for many in the waterfalling world.
  • Gingercake Creek Canyon, NC

    Gingercake Creek Canyon, NC

    Does a canyon – descending close to 400-ft in just under 0.2 miles – choked out with giant boulders and squeezing a creek through terrain consisting of waterfall after swimming hole after waterfall after swimming hole for the entirety of the trek sound appetizing to you? It did to me, as well. Welcome to Gingercake […]