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Barometer Earthstar

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In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a chance encounter with this earthstar over a year ago required balance. Literally.

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The High Shoals Creek Falls Trail was closed, but a fallen tree offered intrepid hikers views of the waterfall. A mud-caked log was the only route across the creek after a tree chopped the footbridge in half.

The curious alien spore sac rested on a rock next to the platform/overlook.

Hanging Out Above Tallulah Gorge

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On days devoted to whitewater boating, 500-700 cubic feet of water flows through the Tallulah Gorge every second. A cool mist rises to meet hikers from around the world swaying in awe 80 feet above on a suspension bridge.

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The eastern tiger swallowtail clings to a red maple limb.

Written by Cameron Brooks

April 23, 2018 at 6:59 pm

American Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum

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Hikers flock to Raven Cliff Falls Trail for the rush of falling water, but a trip in early April offers subtler beauty along the way.

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Since ninety-nine percent of trout lily plants are non-flowering, the illusive perennials pictured above are one-percenters thriving in the mountains of White County.

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia

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Mountain Laurel 1

 

Mountain Laurel 2

 

Mountain Laurel 3

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

Blood Mountain Vista

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Blood Mountain

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

Chimney Rock State Park

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Chimney Rock Sate Park Vista

 

Diablo

 

Chimney Rock Waterfall

 

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Written by Cameron Brooks

July 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

Morning Light

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Morning Light

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm