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Fun with an ND Filter at Anna Ruby Falls

I'm still trying to learn how to use with my ND filter. And from the weather forecast, it looks like I'll have plenty of chances over the next few days with more clouds and rain heading our way. This is when you should use these filters with the greatest success—with overcast skies. But even though [...]

Winter at Whitewater Falls

Whitewater falls in North Carolina is spectacular any time of the year! The walk is easy but there are steps down—many and that can make this short trail difficult for some. I haven't been to these falls since January 2018, and this visit was quite different.  Two years ago, I had just completed chemo and [...]

Wesser Bald at Tellico Gap along the AT!

It was absolutely fun to start Saturday's hiking in snow—even though it was a day old. The mountains are in the middle of a deep winter, but spring is close. On this day, the goal was to hike to the top of Wesser Bald,  located north of Franklin, North Carolina. From Tellico Gap, it is [...]

Brasstown Falls and then BBQ

This is a fun little adventure! A short moderately trafficked quarter-mile hike takes you to a series of waterfalls that really will take your breath away. Oconee County in South Carolina contains 150 waterfalls. The Cherokee name literally means "land beside the water." Brasstown Waterfalls (South Carolina) has been a favorite destination for a long [...]

My Rabun Bald Hike!

There has been so much rain this winter that our mantra has become: When the sun is out, you hike! And the sun was out on Saturday. Hiking to the top of Rabun Bald (4,696) was on tap. This is just a moderate—nothing too hard or difficult—hike. Rabun Bald is the second-highest peak in Georgia. [...]

Minnehaha Falls and No Disappointment

What to say about this photo and the one below? A neutral density filter—and the desire to make the water milky white! I'm learning and my new goal is to figure out how to use this new filter, which I have tried here. For most of my life, I have used a camera to record [...]

Out and About: Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

This past Sunday was a perfect day for a short trip to Isaqueena Falls in nearby South Carolina. I've been here several times, and it's always a fun place to walk and relax, especially on a warm January day! The historic Stumphouse Tunnel is also located in the park, so you can visit both places [...]

Pinnacle Knob:The Abundant Path

The hike up to Pinnacle Knob was a good surprise. (See the directions at the end) We had heard that it was a nice hike and it was. Plus, it has some of the best views in northeast Georgia right behind those at Unico Gap and Mountain Crossings. After a quick check of the hiking [...]