Sunday, March 18, 2007

Family Road Trip

As I wrote a couple of days ago, we are about to enter wedding season. Our little family took a quick weekend trip to a few Georgia State Parks that we had never visited. We have been to quite a few already, our favorites being Wormsloe and Cloudland Canyon. High Falls and Indian Springs are close to us, so we visit them fairly regularly.

On Saturday we visited the museum and bought freshly milled corn meal at Hamburg, then we saw the wild alligator and turtles at Magnolia Springs. We got up Sunday morning to revisit Magnolia Springs because we had missed the closing time of the freshwater aquarium Saturday afternoon.

After the aquarium we dined on a gourmet meal of Subway sandwiches and headed for George L. Smith near Twin City. (Not Minneapolis - St. Paul, but Twin City GA which boasts "Twice the fun, twice the nice" or something like that.)

We parked the truck close to the office, intending to rent a canoe right away. It was closed for lunch, so I grabbed the camera and walked up on this scene.

The ranger being out for lunch was perfect timing. If we had been on a canoe I would have missed this picture that was only available for a few minutes. The wind was blowing the rest of our visit, and this reflection was no longer visible in the smooth as glass black water.

This picture is from the digital camera, but I also shot it on 6x6cm film. I'm planning to soup the T-Max 100 in Rodinal and then get it drum scanned for a huge print.

We did end up renting a canoe and paddling through these trees for about an hour. We had a great time. The State Park system seems to have undergone a renewal of sorts. Many of the buildings we saw were new or remodeled, and the parks were well staffed.

On the subject of state parks, I am shooting a wedding at Jarrell Plantation later this year. It's going to be incredible.


Blogger Zofia said...

Oh, this is beautiful. I would love to see it huge! Great job!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh this is a gorgeous image, Hassel. I am fascinated by cypress trees and swamps anyway. I would love to see the film version in person!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Awesome shot! Maybe it's because I love nature, but I look at this and I just feel calm...

8:38 PM  
Blogger Borrowed Blue Photography said...

reminds me of:



9:35 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

Very nice, Hassel. I love the tone of this image - and the perfect reflection.

I hope it was warmer in Georgia than it was in NC last weekend.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Love this image. My secret love is photographing landscapes. It is a very calming photograph.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

"Twin City GA which boasts "Twice the fun, twice the nice" or something like that."

This would hold true unless one of the cities was evil. There's always one good twin and one evil twin. You can tell the evil one because it has a mustache. And if it doesn't, you can always draw one on with a sharpie so it can't fool anyone.

The image is fantastic. I rarely like landscape / nature type photos, but this one is very well done!

9:20 AM  
Blogger CWedel said...

Agreed! This needs to be a HUGE print, maybe on metallic! Lovely!

10:30 AM  

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