Blood Mountain Shelter

Fog at Blood Mountain Shelter

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The Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia is an amazingly beautiful and interesting trail. The Army Rangers complete the mountain portion of their training in the area near Dahlonega. The field they use for rapelling out of helicopters is next to the AT and you can hear them firing off rifles at all hours of the day. You won’t see them, but they are known to stalk hikers on the trail for practice.

Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

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The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway that winds through 31 miles of old growth forest. Lined with hundreds, if not thousands, of ancient coastal redwoods and offers travelers many opportunities to stop and hike through ancient redwood groves. Coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) are the largest living things on this planet, growing up to 350′ high and 15′ in diameter, and are as old as 2,000 years. The average age for the redwoods […]

Redwoods Beach

Beach by the Redwoods

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I’ve never seen the sea so intimidating as at Redwoods beach. Not violent, but angry and threatening any who dared to enter its domain. Waves churning near offshore. Even the beach sand seemed a caution to those who would dare enter the water. This is not the soft sand of Southern California, but a harsh, dark rock that resisted breaking down to smaller pieces. The lone surfer here walked up and down the coastline, as […]

Tallgrass Prairie

Tallgrass Prairie

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The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in located in central Kansas, just west of Emporia. This is one of the few remaining native prairies, unbroken by the steel plows of early settlers or modern farmers, and has existed as in this picture for millions of years. The ground grew 1″ every 600 years, and natural fires and the grazing of herds of bison limited the growth of trees.¬†Not in this picture but off to my right […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

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One of the most famous and influential architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright ushered in the American organic architecture movement which sought to promote harmony between man and nature in design. Wright benefited from good timing as Chicago in the 1880’s was a city of rebirth. Recovering from the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago in the 1880’s was a booming, vibrant town. Wright landed a prestigious apprenticeship with Louis¬†Sullivan, inventor of the skyscraper. […]

French Broad River

French Broad River

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The French Broad River finds it’s headwaters near the village of Rosman, North Carolina in Transylvania County. It meanders 213 through the Appalachians, past Asheville and Hot Springs until it ultimately merges with the Holston River near Knoxville to form the Tennessee River. One of two broad rivers in North Carolina, it served as an important passage for settlers in country to bring their livestock to coastal towns and ports. Hot Springs itself began as […]