Not frozen but icy

Yesterday, I went over to see what the falls at Roswell Mill looked like.  I guess our couple of days with below freezing temperatures were not enough to freeze the water over.  It was rushing pretty fast but, the spray from the falls was icing over the nearby trees.

I went down near the base of the falls and the surrounding rocks were slippery with ice as well and there were icicles along the surrounding slopes where water ran down the sides of the rock face.  The sun was out and the day was actually truning rather pleasant at that point.  I got a few shots and said Hi to several groups that were out hiking so, it wasn’t a wasted trip.

I guess this was one of those times when you wish for winter weather so you can get those beautiful landscape shots but are also thankful that you don’t live somewhere too cold.  Kind of like when you want snow for Christmas but don’t want it to stay around.  Winter is always fun for a day but when you have to shovel snow or slip on ice it’s not so much fun anymore.  Oh well, it was a pretty day anyway.

Old Roswell Mill waterfall
January, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/22 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

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A little past the Peak

My second stop on the whirlwind photo tour this Saturday was Gibbs Gardens.  I was on my way to Big Canoe to shoot a wedding and this was so close, I just had to stop.  These gardens are always magnificent in the fall though, I missed the peak colors by about a week.  I had thought of going out the previous Sunday but the weather was pretty miserable and I put it off.

The colors were still fantastic but, the place was packed!  I could barely get through the visitor’s center to walk in and then had to squeeze through strolling groups to make my way into the heart of the gardens.  It was pure chance that I got this shot without people all over the place.  (There’s actually a family with at stroller in the distance if you look really close.)

I’m glad I took a few minutes to enjoy this before all the leaves are gone.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/9 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

Another view of Lake Brantley

It was a bit cloudy on this Saturday morning but the view of the lake was great none the less.  I posted a shot that centered on the fall foliage colors previously.  This view has some of the color but also shows the foreground and the surrounding trees that are still green.  I bet if we returned this week, most of the trees on the left side would be showing brighter colors and some of the ones on the right will have dropped their leaves.

The autumn peak seems like it will be gone quickly. The spots that first showed color in the ornamental maples are starting to look bare.  More leaves on the ground than on the trees.  Better get out and enjoy before it’s too late!

Lake Brantley
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400

#HardLaborCreekStatePark #Georgia #LakeBrantley #Autumn #landscape #colorful #leaves #WithMyTamron

Hard Labor Creek State Park

On our way out to Bostwick this weekend, we passed through Hard Labor Creek State Park.  From the roadside, we saw some beautiful fall color and then this lake came into view.  Spectacular reflections of brilliant leaves and beautiful blue sky screamed out “Pull Over”, so we did.  The Autumn season has suddenly burst forth in the area and this was a great time to take it in.

Lake Brantley
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400

#HardLaborCreekStatePark #Georgia #LakeBrantley #Autumn #landscape #colorful #leaves #WithMyTamron

Tallulah Gorge bridge

I was looking for a shot to post this morning and remembered that I never put up this panorama of the Tallulah Gorge looking down on the suspension bridge.  Every time I look at mountain shots, I am reminded of how that cool, fresh mountain air makes me feel so good.  Being up in the higher elevations always seems to lift my spirit as well.

Maybe it is the altitude itself or perhaps the amazing views but a visit to the mountains is always worth the trip.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200

Greasy Creek

When we visited Black Rock Mountain State Park a couple of weeks ago, we went looking for a waterfall that is on Greasy Creek near Black Rock Lake.  The image shown here was what I saw of the creek, which has a number of little cascades which I took to be what people said were the “falls”.  Apparently, there are actually some true waterfalls nearby but I missed the path for that.

It was nice to wander the pathways around the lake and admire the little stream flowing through groves of mountain laurel.  The woods were pleasantly shady and cool on a hot August day and the walk was enjoyable even though we didn’t locate the falls we were looking for.  Maybe we can make an autumn trip back up here and see it again when the leaves are changing.  I think that would be a fantastic opportunity for some nice landscapes.

 

Greasy Creek
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/18 – 1.3 sec – ISO 640

Enjoying the Falls

One more image to share from Cloudland Canyon as we head into the next weekend.  You can see here how Cherokee Falls attracts people to approach more closely.  It’s not a smooth path to get in there but that’s part of experiencing nature up-close.

Once again, this reminds me of how beautiful and enjoyable it is to be outdoors appreciating how amazing our world is.  At the same time, I see all the reminders of how people fail to take simple precautions and abide by rules meant to keep them safe.  I heard a report recently of someone who actually died by slipping and falling in a similar setting.  A little respect for the fact that there are dangers in the wild goes a long way toward us keeping these places enjoyable and safe for all.

Hope you all get out and enjoy some of our natural wonders this weekend.

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/10 – 1/15 sec – ISO 640