Little River – Townsend, TN

With all the rain we’ve been getting here lately, I was reminded of our recent trip to the Smoky Mountatins and photographing the Little River in Townsend, Tennessee.

This is a beautiful area just outside the Cades Cove portion of the National Park.  Townsend is known as the “Quiet side of the Smokies” as compared to Gatlinburg which has much more of the tourist attractions and traffic.  I think it can still get busy in Townsend but it is not as built up in comparison.

Little River
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Townsend, Tennessee, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
w/Polarizing filter
16mm @ f/18 – 1.3 sec – ISO 400


As high as it gets

Brasstown Bald mountain is the highest natural point (4,784 feet) in the State of Georgia.

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

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm – 25 seconds at f/3.5 – ISO 3200

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Dell of the War Woman

After visiting Black Rock Mountain for sunrise pictures, the group from North Georgia Photography Club went out to find Becky Branch Falls.  This beautiful little waterfall is part of the Warwoman Dell Recreation Area, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, just east of Clayton, Georgia.Black Rock_May 28 2016_0094

Warwoman Dell is named for a Cherokee woman from this area, who was respected by Indian and settlers and advised to the Cherokee tribal council on war and peace.  From Warwoman Dell, we followed the Bartram Trail in search of Becky Branch Falls.

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William Bartram is known as the first native-born American naturalist/artist.  At the time of the American Revolution, Bartram made a journey throughout the Southeast – from the Carolinas, through Georgia and into Florida and also west through Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana as far as the Mississippi River.

Our group made the way up Bartram Trail up a short switch back path which then crosses over Warwoman Road to get to the falls.  After crawling over a four-foot in diameter tree that is fallen over the trail, we arrived at the falls.Black Rock_May 28 2016_0139




The falls cascade down a rocky slope surrounded by native azalea and rhododendron and towering pine trees.  There is a small bridge over the creek that was ideal for getting images of the falls but could only accommodate 4 or 5 photographers at a time.Black Rock_May 28 2016_0115

This was a lovely outing and I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the members of the North Georgia Photography Club.  A wonderful group and excellent hosts – Thanks to all of you!!

Once again, all of these images were taken with my new,
Tamron SP 10-24mm  f/3.5-4.5 Di II.