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

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Time to put the glasses back on

I posted a right out of the camera shot of the “diamond ring” phenomenon on Monday and thought a little more editing was in order.  This is another view (cropped a bit to show more detail of the corona) of the starburst that is produced on either side of the total eclipse.  When the moon covers almost all of the sun but there’s a bit peeking out from the corner just like when the sun rises over the horizon.

You can see once again, that we were experiencing cloud cover which was kind of a neat addition during totality.  The eclipsed sun was surrounded by a bank of clouds and made it look as if it was floating on them.  It was also quite interesting to see that when the thicker clouds moved in everything got even darker than it was with the total eclipse in spite of the sun coming back out.

We missed the phases of the moon passing back away from the sun because of the clouds but the total eclipse was the real show.  It was totally amazing!

2017 Total Eclipse
Young Harris, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/250 sec – ISO 800

Along the way

As we were walking the Waterfall Trail at Cloudland Canyon, the sweeping views of mountains and forest and waterfalls called out for attention.  At the same time, there were many smaller voices calling that were easy to miss like these yellow flowers.  The local inhabitants (bees) didn’t miss them but I’m sure most hikers went right by without even noticing.

Another case of how much we can miss when not paying attention.  I guess you can say: “Don’t sweat the small stuff” but, I also say – don’t miss out on the small stuff that might be really cool.  Hope you notice some small detail today that brings a smile.

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Rising Fawn, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
hand-held
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/11 – 1/25 sec – ISO 400

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

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

Cherokee Falls

The closer of the two falls (1/2 mile hike) on the Waterfalls Trail at Canyonland Canyon State Park is Cherokee Falls.  Although this one is a bit smaller than Hemlock Falls, it is more accessible.  The rocks are a bit slippery but many people venture out in and around the base of the falls here.  I personally, like this one better of the two.  Maybe it’s because the boulders are a little smaller and you get a less obstructed view of the water at the bottom.  I guess it doesn’t make much difference if you stay up on the observation deck but, I like this one none the less.

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