Chuck Sutherland, Tennessee's Ansel Adams

Chuck Sutherland is Tennessee's Ansel Adams. He knows nearly every rock, ridge and waterfall in our state. He's set out to catalog and photograph every site he can. He's a fraction scientist, artist, and billygoat. It has taken me two years to have the opportunity to hike with him. We spent the day in the deep forest of Overton County. I finished the day with a good feeling that I'd been a part of building Chuck's geological record of our state. Our natural areas are gorgeous and Chuck's art lets us see Tennessee's beauty without the chigger bites. And his science, well, his work may help us have clean drinking water longer than places that don't have people like Chuck fighting for it. It was a good day.