I built myself an airplane, flew it and photographed the country’s rivers

As a photographer and pilot, I know about rivers and risks. I've flown hundreds of hours, photographing rivers across the country.

Like most entrepreneurs I get bored easily and constantly seek new adventures and ways to reinvent myself. Over the past 40 years, I've gambled—reinventing myself in various photographic careers and taking financial risks. I took one of my largest chances when I built an AirCam, Cloud Chaser, to allow pursue dual passions: flying and photography.

In my latest gamble, I have completed a decade’s worth of shooting aerials of the Tennessee River—all 652 miles of it from its humble origins in the Appalachian Mountains to its merger with the Ohio River in Paducah,Ky. I've compiled these beautiful pictures to be published in a book, "Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South."

And now the other part of my gamble is to see if I can raise the funding through a crowd-funded campaign to print the book in the United States.

So far my gambles have paid off. In one of my biggest risks, I flew this plane across the country photographing the route of famous explorers Lewis and Clark and published my first book, "Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure."

I am not a daredevil, but I do take risks. I felt compelled to do this Tennessee River book because so many people take the river for granted.

Most people know the Tennessee River from only a certain spot, one where they swam or fished, or a channel where they skied. But they don’t understand the whole river system, where it came from, where it is going. Few people see the river’s vastness and beauty like I do.

See the Kickstarter campaign is http://tinyurl.com/tn-river-book.

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