Yesterday, Joyce and I made a 2-hour ride north of Roswell to join up with the North Georgia Photo Club on a Milky Way photo shoot to Brasstown Bald. To tell the truth, we weren’t actually convinced that you could drive 2 hours to the north and still be in Georgia but, it is true. Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia and is located just south of the North Carolina state line. It is located north of Helen, Cleveland and Dahlonega, places I have visited often. The nearest towns are Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris where many Atlanta-area residents go for summer camping or mountain cabins.
We met up with the club members at the Visitor’s Center and got in some sunset shots before heading up the relatively short (0.6 mile) but very steep trail to the observation tower at the mountain’s peak. There were some clouds blowing around on the horizon which just wouldn’t go away but the Milky Way was still displaying pretty well. A fair amount of light pollution was produced by the towns of Hiawassee and Blairsville but that actually added some interest to the shots.
I think everyone played with some light painting on this trip also. In my image above, the observation tower has been lit by flashlights and you can see some of the other club members standing at the base of the tower. Looks kind of like a communications center trying to make contact with other people out there in space.
We had a great time except for the trip home. I guess trying out new directions in the middle of the night (we left about 12:15) in the mountains, where you don’t get very good cell reception, is not the best idea. Took us over 3 hours for a trip that should have been 1.5 – 2 hours. I had to go to church to cantor 7:30 mass this morning! Short on sleep but happy with pictures.
Milky Way over Observation Tower
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm – 25 seconds at f/3.5 – ISO 3200
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