Blue Ridge Mountain Panorama

Although it wasn’t the most beautiful weather or the best time of day for a great landscape shot but the view from Black Rock Overlook (elevation 3446 ft) is spectacular.  I decided to do a multiple image panorama to capture how expansive the scene is from this spot.

Black Rock Mountain provides great views in many different directions, it is possible to see Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina from within the park.  The peaks run through the Blue Ridge, Appalachian, and Smoky Mountain ranges.  You get a lot of variety and great scenery in this park.

Black Rock Overlook
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Mountain City, Georgia, USA

4-frame panorama merged in Adobe Lightroom
Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/200 sec – ISO 200

Tallulah Gorge

This is a view of the Tallulah Gorge downstream from the  Oceana Falls overlook.  That is Joyce at the overlook on the left by the observation binoculars.  This is the point where Karl Wallenda made a tightrope walk across from the South Rim in 1970.  The remnants of the tower used for this walk are still at the site.

After visiting this spot (Outlook #1) we made the hike down to the suspension bridge so that we could get our Canyon Climbers Club cards punched and earn the official t-shirt.  One more park to go (Cloudland Canyon) to get all the holes punched!  We actually have hiked all 4 of them but didn’t know about the card when we started.

In spite of the fact that it was about 10° cooler in the mountains than it was in Roswell, it was still pretty hot and the walk back up those steps was pretty strenuous!  Even so, this was a pleasant visit and we really enjoyed being up in the mountains.  Will have to plan a drive up to Cloudland Canyon soon so we can finish out our t-shirt applications.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Dead Horse Point State Park

After a bit of research, I found an answer to a question that was bugging me.  Why is it that Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park are right next to each other and are not part of the same park?  You can easily see from one park to the other.  The answer?  Dead Horse was established as a Utah State Park in 1959 while Canyonlands was not made a National Park until 5 years later, in 1964.

Dead Horse Point is the centerpiece of the state park.  The point is a plateau standing 2000 feet above a gooseneck turn of the Colorado River.  The name of the park is derived from a legend about cowboys herding wild mustangs onto the point.  There is a narrow pass that leads to the point which the cowboys often used to drive the wild horses through so that they could corral them and take their pick of the best steeds.  The legend holds that on one of these round-ups, for some reason they left the un-chosen horses out on the point where they died of hunger and thirst.

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Hikers admire the view at the Visitor’s Center

The State Park is a very nice place to visit with spectacular views at many overlooks.  We combined the visit here with a drive over to Canyonlands which is only a few minutes away.  There is actually only about 30 miles distance separating Arches, Dead Horse and Canyonlands.  A paradise of canyons, mountains and high-desert nature!