Window into Heaven
This idyllic waterfall known as Schoolhouse Falls is located in Panthertown Valley, in Western North Carolina. Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, Panthertown Valley is sometimes referred to as "The Yosemite of the East," except without the crowds. Some days, you may have many corners of Panthertown to yourself. This photo from early summer was such a day. On top of the surreal solitude, recently fallen rhododendron flowers perfectly framed the waterfall, just adding to the feel of a paradise found.