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Sunday, November 11, 2012
|Trudy wanted to go to the mountains to see fall |
color. So we went tent camping, staying at the
Indian Boundary State Park in southeastern
Tennessee near the small town of Tellico Plains
The Cloudland Canyon State Park in northwestern
Georgia is definitely worth a return visit. It is a vast wide canyon
with trails to waterfalls down, down in the canyon
This is the first, closest waterfall ... down, down, down a serious
stairway and trail.
Here is our trusty Coleman tent and a small campfire early one
morning at Indian Boundary State Park.
The campground is on the shoreline of a beautiful lake, nestled
in the mountains.
Bald River waterfall is very popular, because itt is located beside
a delightful roadway that parallels the Tellico River.
The Cherohala Skyway goes northeast from Tellico Plains,
Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina. The fall foliage
was reeeally bright at an elevation of about 3,000 feet.
A short distance up the Bald River Falls hiking trail took us to a
smaller drop and broad view of the River..
The Telico River is a wonderland of clear moving water and
We made several stops on the way back home, including
Rock City. I looked for, but could not find, a hat that said
"Seen Rock City".
Rock City is actually quite commercial.
Note the bridge over High Falls.
Lost Creek Falls in Desoto State Park, Alabama was just a
tiny trickle. But this large park had fine fall leaves, green
moss, and rock formations.
We drove the eastern rim of the Little River Cayon National
and posed for a photo under mushroom
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I am fascinated by textures and patterns. These images of water were taken from a small bridge over a tributary to Ochlockonee Bay, adjacent to Bayside Marina on Surf Road.
Click an image for a larger view or a slide show.
The squiggly black line is the reflection of an overhead
Technical Details: I used a photoshop plugshop called Topaz Simplify to the first and last images above. This software excels at removing distracting details. The blue sky color in the last image was applied through Simplify's toning capability.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Trudy and I escaped the August hot and humid Florida weather during a 2-week vaction in cool northern California. We stayed with with Trudy's sister Linda in Arcata and brother Frank at Whale Gulch.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Limantour Beach
|We spent our first night at the Point Reyes hostel, and strolled |
along the broad sandy Limantour Beach of the Pacific Ocean
the next morning.
|This bright lily, 'Naked Lady', is fairly common along many|
|We hiked the portion of the Lost Coast Trail, from the Needle |
Rock Visitor Center northward toward Jones Beach.
|A small herd of elk were grazing near this large alder.|
MATOLE BEACH, west of Petrolia
|Anemones in a small tide pool below |
|We got one of the fifty permits issued per|
day to walk the Tall Tree Trail in the
Redwoods National Park, north of Orik.
A more apt name for the trail would be
Incredibly Tall, Tall, Tall, Tall and Huge
MANILA BEACH, Arcata
|A serene sunset at Manila Beach after a Friends of the Dunes |
volunteer appreciation event.
PRAIRIE CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK, Fern Canyon, Orik
|The trail takes you right up the shallow creek ... with clear |
water and multi-color smooth, rounded stones.
PRAIRIE CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK, James Irvine Trail, Orik
BEACH NEAR STONE LAGOON, Orik
|The beach near Stone Lagoon/ located south of Orik, has the|
MOST AMAZING DRIFTWOOD!
JEDEDIAH SMITH STATE PARK, Crescent City
|Trudy and Linda on the seasonal bridge over the Smith River |
from the campground to Stout Grove.
|Stout Grove ... this is a temple of redwoods and fern.|