One of the things we enjoy about Chattanooga is the surrounding mountains. They may be smaller, rounder and greener than, say, the Rockies, but they introduce a lovely, rolling feel to the area that only ancient mountains can create. They also make for a lot of nice views.
Point Park offers spectacular views in three directions. Lookout Mountain Hang gliding gives you a completely unimpeded view if you’re willing to run off a mountain or be towed up in a hang glider. And then there is Rock City, famous for its view of 7 states.
Rumor has it that you can, in fact, see 7 states from the overlook at Rock City. However, it requires a scope and an extremely clear day with no haze.
I find myself wondering how one knows when one is peering into a new state? Is the state line superimposed on the landscape like a giant yellow line showing the next down in an American football game?
Having gone to Rock City to take pictures of the birds performing in S.O.A.R.’s bird program, I figured I might as well check out the view. I even brought my wide angle lens and a tripod so I could capture that fantastic view.
Given my timing was around the bird programs and not around the sun, I, of course, ended up on the overlook at precisely noon. I decided to wait until after the second show to try to get any pictures, thinking maybe 2PM would be better than noon.
When 2PM came, I headed back to the overlook feeling rushed because Pat was picking me up and wanted to get back to work as quickly as possible.
Instead of setting up my tripod, I hand held and took advantage of the bright sun with fast shutter speeds. I would have loved a polarizer, but this lens is too big for my polarizer. Another item for the wish list.
On my way to the overlook, I see a manmade waterfall cascading from underneath the walking path. There is a bridge that spans the space in front of the waterfall that would probably make a great spot to shoot from. However, I have my limits. I may be willing to launch myself off a mountain in a glider, but I’m not about to walk on some skinny little bridge that spans a 1000 foot drop. Not even for a better angle on the waterfall.
Instead, I grab a couple of shots that give me a headache to look at.
One of the consequences of the rolling mountains in this part of the country is that I can never decide where level is. 90% of my landscape shots have to be straightened in post production because they were shot at an angle. At least, I think it’s due to the terrain. I once learned that when I thought I was holding my head straight, I was actually holding it at a tilt. Seems to have spread to my camera.
- Birdie, You’re a Star (nomadicmainstream.com)
- Head Banging Hang Gliding (nomadicmainstream.com)
- Audience Participation (nomadicmainstream.com)
same here is Kentucky. I would come down to visit my grandmother as a child and my cousins and I would shimmy up and down the mountains and end up in all sorts of angles. Driving through the mountains would make me really sick with motion sickness. But they are simply beautiful to look at. What did Tison think about all that tilting? lol
Maybe that’s why Tisen sleeps so much? 🙂