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Summer at the Pond by J Riley StewartI believe photographs should tell visual stories about moments that matter. My stories matter to me, and I hope they matter to you. We need to live with the things that matter to us.

My visual stories come from some of the most serene places in the U.S. and Europe. Stories about romantic old buildings and the families who lived in them, about sublime waterfalls and rivers hidden in lush forests in Appalachia, about grand mountain ranges of the American West, and about gently rolling hills and lush pastures of the American Piedmont. Take a moment and hear my stories.

JRileyStewart in the Great Smoky MountainsFollow me here and I'll share with you the stories and images I encounter from "Under the Darkcloth." Once or twice a month I publish short stories about my discoveries and how I artistically interpret them.