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“I don’t fully understand the synchronicity.  Being aware of the beauty of the world, its permanence and fragility, there’s a sense of awe about how fast things (light) change.  From the atom to the cosmos, the universe is in constant motion.  That movement affects us at every turn.  How we make sense of it all poses big questions.” 
-Peter Ray, Photographer

New Book!

The Cullasaja - A Mountain River of Wonder
photography by peter ray

You're invited to take a journey along one of the most beautiful, scenic rivers in America, as seen through the lens of Peter Ray.

The new book, "The Cullasaja", is a photographic love story about a river.  The Cullasaja River lies in Macon County, North Carolina and flows 25 miles from the shoulder of Whiteside Mountain through the town of Highlands and into Franklin.  There it joins the Little Tennessee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.  Over its short distance, it flows through country clubs and lakes, over dams, rapids and waterfalls.At times placid, at other times wild, over the course of its journey it descends 2,500 feet.  It is a river of wonder and, through the pages of this book, the reader is invited to share in its wonder to all who would come into its presence. 

Ways to Purchase:

Direct at 828-787-1463 or

Also Available at the local Highlands Retailers:

  • Shakespeare's Bookstore

  • The Highlands Visitor Center

  • Highland Hiker

  • Mill Creek Gallery

  • Book Nook at the Toy Store

  • The Dry Sink

  • Acorns