Fall 2015 Photo Walks

  • Guild member Steve Binkley and a couple of friends are hosting a star party at Young Road Observatory October 5th through the 14th, and you are invited. Since the weather is too unpredictable to specify a particular night, you may come any night that is convenient for you and the weather looks promising. Please contact Steve the afternoon of the day you wish to come to get directions if necessary and verify that there are no problems for that night.
    The observatory is located about a mile off highway 78 just over 20 miles from the Athens bypass. If you wish to check the location on Google maps or a satellite view, Steve’s address is 181 Young Road, Rayle. Please note that the address is 6 or 7 miles east of Lexington in Oglethorpe county and not in Rayle (Wilkes county). Steve may be contacted at sbinkley@windstream.net or 706-743-3682.
  • Tuesday, October 13 – If you’re not working Tuesday, October 13, come join us for a tour of various waterfalls in North Georgia! We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 8:15 a.m. We are tentatively planning to visit Blood Mountain Falls (lower and upper), Dick’s Creek Falls, DeSoto Falls (lower and upper), Trahlyta Falls in Vogel State Park, then Helton Creek Falls. We’ll adjust along the way depending on the group’s preferred speed. Bring water and lunch. Gear-wise, tripods are recommended and neutral-density filters are always helpful for long exposures if the day is sunny rather than an overcast. Some sort of tethered or remote camera trigger would be useful.
  • Sunday, November 1 – Panther Creek Falls is on most lists of Georgia “must see” waterfalls, so we’re going to spend a day hiking the trail and visiting the 4 waterfalls en route, on a day that’s close to the anticipated peak foliage season. We’ll meet at 7 a.m. in the Sandy Creek Nature Center Parking lot and drive up (about 1:20 each way), then spend the day hiking. The trail is described as “moderate” and good hiking shoes are recommended. You’ll want to bring lots of water and a lunch, since the trail is 7 miles round trip… it will be less intense than hiking straight through since we’ll stop to take pictures along the way, but it *is* still a long hike.