(8.2) THE SOUTH: The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia
The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia
A Photo Memory Gallery
Compiled by Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca
With the assistance of Captain Erika Ritter
Created: 14 November 2013
Last Revised: 31 May 2015
Captain Erika Ritter & Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca
A US Army veteran and lifetime outdoors-man, Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca is an accomplished stream angler who has caught nine different varieties of bass plus three different species of cold-water trout along with many other fishes from the flowing fresh-waters of several Southern states. His outdoor interests include river-bass and stream-trout fishing, canoeing, hiking, exploring, ecology research, camping, firearms and hunting. He usually practices those pursuits in or along the Ocklawaha River basin of north-central Florida--but his higher cathedral for worship has always been the Blue Ridge Mountains!
"There are lake fishermen, and there are river fishermen, and seldom do the twain agree!" - Author unknown.
"Walking up a falling creek, adding trout to the creel!" - Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca.
"I ain't seen it all but it's plain to see, I just might be an endangered species!" - Waylon Jennings.
"We used to joke that being in the Army was not a matter of life and death. It's more important than that!" - Alan Caldwell, Lt. Col., MPC, United States Army.
Northeastern Georgia contains the southernmost end of the beautiful but rugged Blue Ridge Mountains with elevations ranging between 1,500 to almost 4,800 feet above mean sea level. Georgia's segment of the Appalachian Trail closely follows alongside the crest of the Blue Ridge range. This connected ridge top usually also serves the Peach State either as the Eastern Continental Divide or as the Tennessee Valley Divide for surface water resources. Some of the most commonly found metamorphic rocks of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains include gneiss, schist, and quartzite. Camping, coldwater trout fishing in tumbling streams, hiking or mountain climbing, hunting, photography, seeking refuge from the summertime swelter of the Piedmont or Coastal Plain lowlands below, and wildlife viewing can all be enjoyed in this gorgeous region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains which is very closely linked to the similar geography of neighboring eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and northwestern South Carolina. Dixie's moist and splendidly forested highlands are the ancestral home of the proud Cherokees (and also some of the Muscogee Creeks), along with being the home of those legendary frontiersmen Daniel Boone and David Crockett, countless other self-reliant hillbillies, and the first gold rush in any of the United States. Enjoy our photo memory gallery from a recent trip to that ancient natural cathedral known as the Blue Ridge Mountains.
NOTE: Click-on individual photos to enlarge them!
PHOTOS FROM YEAR 2013
"BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BLUES AND NORTH GEORGIA PINES"
By Ocklawahaman Paul Nosca
19 April 2014
The driving mileage from Eureka, Florida to the Blue Ridge Mountains of north-eastern Georgia is about 450 to 500 miles.
REFERENCE AS: Nosca, P. 2015. "The Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia" webpage report. "Paul Nosca's bass fishing photos" website. Paul Nosca, Eureka, FL. https://sites.google.com/site/paulnoscasbassfishingphotos/the-blue-ridge-mountains-of-north-georgia