Adventures in Georgia Landscape Photography
I went on a field trip yesterday with five other photographers to Providence Canyon in Lumpkin Georgia. I couldn’t wait to blog about it. According to Wikipedia:
Providence Canyon State Park is a 1,003 acres (4.06 km2; 1.57 sq mi) state park located in Stewart County in southwest Georgia. The park contains Providence Canyon, which is sometimes called Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”. It is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. Providence Canyon actually is not a purely natural feature — the massive gullies (the deepest being 150 feet) were caused by erosion due to poor farming practices in the 19th century. It is also home to the very rare plumleaf azalea.
The park lies on marine sediments—usually loamy or clayey, with small areas of sand. Loamy sand topsoils overlie subsoils of sandy clay loam, sandy clay, or clay in most of the uneroded section. Nankin, Cowarts, Mobila, and Orangeburg are the most prominent soil series. The canyons have much exposure of clay, over which water often seeps. Water is mobile in this well drained area.
The park is located about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Atlanta. We arrived there mid-morning on a picture-perfect Spring morning. We first hiked about 1/4 mile to the bottom of the canyon and found the canyon floor to be wet and sandy. We followed the signs to Canyons 4 and 5 and immediately were in awe of the enormity of the stone walls (actually made with sand), the colors, the tones, and the unusual shapes. We spread out and spent about a couple of hours shooting in all directions. From there we could have gone on another hike, but it was marked “advanced hikers only” so we decided to hike back up to the visitor’s center, have lunch and photograph the canyon from above.
I have wanted to go to Providence Canyon since I moved to Georgia 25 years ago and am so glad I finally made it. I highly recommend it as a great way to spend a day in Georgia.
On the way back, we talked about how lucky we are to live in Georgia. Georgia has so much to offer with mountains, lakes, the ocean, waterfalls, canyons, and a swamp. I shared the ride with another photographer and we plan on visiting other “wonders of Georgia” in the next year. Stay tuned and hope you can join us for the next adventure in Georgia Landscape Photography.
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