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

Return to Blue Hole Falls

Don’t you just want to step into this scene?

I know I posted another shot of this waterfall last week but I felt like it was worth another view since it was so much work to get here.  This is just one of those kind of places where you feel like you have stumbled into a hidden paradise.  To think that it’s so close by is amazing.

I need to get back out and find more of these places and I think you do too!  Let me know if anybody is ready for a road trip.

Blue Hole Falls on High Shoals Creek
Indian Grave Gap Road
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 10-24 Di II LD SP AF
11mm at f/11 – 1/13 sec – ISO 400

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Milky Way over the Blue Ridge

A little hazy and cloudy but still a good sighting of the Milky Way

Since our mountain trip with the  North Georgia Photography Club was intended as a night-time star shoot, I had to post one Milky Way image.  I almost gave up on our chances here due to all the clouds that came close to covering the sky at sunset.  I decided to make my way back down to the parking area where Joyce had decided to stay with a few others.  We had a good view of the Milky Way from there on our previous visit but I really thought this was when we would be saying good-night and heading out.

The small group that was waiting in the parking area were more positive than I and they convinced me to wait it out for a while.  As it turned out, the sky cleared up mostly but it was still hazy and clouds crossed over the Milky Way at times.  We also got a fair amount of light pollution from Blairsville, Helen, Young Harris and Hiawassee in the surrounding areas. All that said, it was still amazing to see all those stars and we could actually see the Milky Way with the un-aided eye.  Joyce also saw several shooting stars but I always seemed to be looking the wrong way for that.

It was pretty cool when the sun went down which was a great feeling compared to the sweltering weather back in Atlanta.  Have to keep this place on the list for night-shots and find a time of year when the skies are more likely to be crisp and clear.  Really enjoyed the outing and meeting up with my NGPC friends.

Milky Way over Blue Ridge
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/4.5 – 30 sec – ISO 1600

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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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