Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Cascade Johnny

Posted October 25, 2010

What is your favorite North Carolina waterfall? You have several hundred to choose from. Please discuss.

We have a real treat today - a special slideshow featuring the incredible waterfall images of Kevin Adams of High Point. Kevin is a legendary photographer who literally wrote the book on North Carolina waterfalls.

I first interviewed Kevin nearly a dozen years ago about the fourth printing of his book North Carolina Waterfalls - Where to Find Them - How to Photograph Them. Later I interviewed Kevin for his book on how to photograph mountain wildflowers. Today Kevin travels extensively and conducts photography workshops. He also has an interesting blog. Check out his web site at

Cascade Johnny Cascade Johnny

I was thrilled when Kevin agreed to collaborate with me on this musical essay titled Cascade Johnny. The song honors my California friend John Gummoe who composed the song Rhythm of the Rain for a west coast group called The Cascades. John became my pen pal when I was a child and encouraged me to get into songwriting. We're still good friends today. The song is on my latest CD Simple Beauty.

I hope you like the Cascade Johnny production featuring Kevin Adams' splendid photographs and would love to hear your feedback.


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  • georgebr Oct 26, 2010

    Wow! Thank you Kevin, Johnny and Billy.

  • CestLaVie Oct 26, 2010

    The music and photography were both wonderful. Thank you for a peaceful look at nature first thing this morning.

  • deatonphoto Oct 25, 2010

    Loved the slideshow and music! I just returned from Kevin's Fall waterfall tour and he is a wonderful teacher & photographer as well as a good friend and mentor. The music is wonderful with the images and I can't wait to purchase the CD! Thank you for sharing this.

  • heintz Oct 25, 2010

    Thank you for that music video. It is breathtaking!

  • bleslie Oct 25, 2010

    nice job nightcreature84! I really enjoyed looking at your pictures. Keep up the great work!

  • nightcreature84 Oct 25, 2010

    That is a tough one! I have shot many waterfalls myself and all are wonderful. For me it would have to have been Cedar Rock Falls. It is hidden back in the woods and the hike to the falls is beautiful. It really was the waterfall that got me addicted to photographing waterfalls years ago. Here a link to one of my photographs of Cedar Rock Falls for everyone can see what it looks like.

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