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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Georgia Forest Sounds

Coming from the west, where our forests are filled with bird song and the rhythmic chirping of crickets - I had forgotten how loud the forests in the south can be in Summer. At night, the cicada where especially loud - and I shot a few video scenes to capture the ambient audio...

forest sounds, fort mountain state park georgia

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fort Mountain State Park - Georgia

I have been in George to participate in the Bat Blitz, sponsored by the Southern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN). We headquartered at Fort Mountain State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It had been many years since I had been to Georgia, and I took the time to hike around parts of the park to see the landscape during daylight.

Chattahoochee National Forest
Trees and granite stones in Fort Mountain State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia.

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Trees and granite stones in Fort Mountain State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia.

Chattahoochee National Forest
The view near the top of Fort Mountain State Park, part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Trail Of Tears - Georgia

Not long before my grandfather died, he made a point of telling me about some of our Cherokee bloodlines. His father was full blooded Cherokee, and his mother was white, which of course, makes him half Cherokee.

He told me about the Trail Of Tears - the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homelands in parts of the south in 1836 - 1839. Thousands of Cherokee died along the trail, as they were moved to the Indian Nations. Their properties were stolen by decree, and those who refused to cooperate were placed in jail or beaten into submission.

I found myself on the way to Chatsworth Georgia recently, and noted with some surprise that I was on highway marked in memory of the Trail Of Tears. It was along one of the routes used. It seemed so long ago, and so far away when my grandfather spoke of it. But here was a reminder, and it made me think of that long ago conversation with my grandfather.

Trail Of Tears
trail of tears highway marker

Below is a clip from the Clint Eastwood movie "The Outlaw Josie Wales" where Chief Dan George portrays Lone Wadie, a Cherokee who was forced to move to the Indian Nations. Half way in he speaks of the Trail Of Tears.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Husband, Father, Student Of Natural History, Photographer