Magness Library has a new nature exhibit called “Tennessee Waterfalls and Wildlife.” The display features the works of local photographer Jay Walker.
“He’s an incredible photographer,” said library director Brad Walker. “I had no idea Jay was this good. These photos are magnificent. I particularly like the pictures with wildlife. It’s very difficult to get those. Catching a wild animal is hard to do, but he has them.”
An avid hiker, Walker’s pictured depict those adventures. Among the trails and areas shown in the exhibit are Mt. LeConte, Cades Cove, Cane Creek Falls, Rock House Falls, Mountain Laurel, Reelfoot Lake, Greeter Falls, Ozone Falls, Virgin Falls, Foggy Creek, Fiery Gizzard, Savage Falls, and Barren Fork Dam.
Some of the artwork is for sale. Those pictures are clearly marked.
Walker was born in Union City and raised in West Tennessee. Most know Walker as the radio news director. In 2012, he began photographing waterfalls as a way to become more active and relieve stress. His first hike was at Short Springs State Natural Area near Tullahoma.
“There I felt God’s presence as He made me aware of the many beautiful wonders of nature that He had created for me to enjoy,” said Walker.
Ever since that day, hiking became a passion. The first year his only camera was his phone. He photographed waterfalls, overlooks, and wildlife, which he posted to Facebook. Several people made positive comments and suggest he have prints for sale. Walker began using a Nikon D3100 on his hiking adventures.
All the photographs in his exhibit were taken in Tennessee. Some of the images are from Reelfoot Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains, but most were taken at locations along the Cumberland Plateau within an hour’s drive of McMinnville.
There are stories behind each image and Walker will be on hand to share those stories during a reception to be held this Tuesday, June 7, at 5 p.m.