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

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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

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Georgia Cotton

On our visit to Bostwick, Georgia for the Cotton Gin Festival, we walked to and from our daughter’s home to the center of town.  Along the way there were of course, patches of cotton.  Most of these are fairly small, backyard farms but this was once the mainstay of the area.  The King Cotton company had been the economic driver of this area for many years.  Today, it is just a reminder of the agricultural past.

Cotton field
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/610 – 1/640 sec – ISO 125

 

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

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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

Living rock

When descending the Waterfall Trail at Cloudland Canyon, you are always close to a wall of sheer stone which is the side of the gorge cutting through the mountain.  The stone itself is beautiful to look at but, I found the plant life that grows on them even more interesting.

Much of the rock face is covered with mosses and lichen which are fed by trickling, dripping trails of water that seems to seep right out of the stone.  There are a few spots where the water splashes onto the trail but for the most part, you just see these gleaming little droplets coming down the sides.

Even in August, when the temperatures are soaring and the waterfalls are somewhat restrained, this seemingly endless supply of water clings to the stone and nourishes these patches of green.  It is truly amazing to see how nature thrives even in conditions which you would think would yield nothing at all.  Life always finds a way and is always awesome to observe.

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/10 – 1/13 sec – ISO 800

Besides waterfalls…

The scenery at Cloudland Canyon State Park is amazing.  Most people remember the fantastic mountain views through the gorge and out into the distance.  The waterfalls are beautiful and peaceful but what else is there?  Well, for one thing, there is a beautiful variety of mountain streams and glades of tress that make you feel like you’re somewhere far away from civilization.

This spot is just a little downstream from Cherokee Falls but the moss-covered boulders and the contrast between the dark shadows and bright light made me feel like I was lost in a primeval forest.  It’s nice to lose yourself in a quiet little pocket of nature even if it really is only a few steps away from the busy world we fight through each day.

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
31mm @ f/18 – 1/4 sec – ISO 200