Stone Mountain

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On sunday, We took a small trip to Stone Mountain National Park, since it was only 30 minutes away from Atlanta. The last time I visited the park was back in the winter of 2006, so it's been nearly 7 years since my last visit. I remembered clearly we went for the christmas light show, but this time we our goal was just to get to the top to take some scenery shots of Atlanta at 1,686 feet above ground.  

Here some info about the park i stole from wikipedia  

Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and the site of Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet (514 m) MSL and 825 feet (251 m) above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.

Lesson to be learn is to never hike your way down if you took the sky lift first. After we got to the bottom we realized we were at the wrong parking lot. The Sky Lift parking lot is nearly two miles away from the Hiking Trail Parking lot. So in the end we nearly walked about three miles to get back to our car. With my heavy camera equipment it wasn't a fun experience. 

Anyway back to the stone mountain! 

 

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We got there pretty late which almost at closing time, but got lucky to get on the last ride up the mountain

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Many folks were running trying to get on the last ride. Now i thinking about it we should have just hike our way up.  

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My friend Anthony and his Sony Alpha DSLR. 

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Here you can see the carving that depicts the three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. 

Some of photos form this blog are taken with new iPhone 5S, It was good chance for me test out the new camera system.  

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One of the support beam for the Sky lift. 

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Once we got to the top we were grace by an amazing view of the horizon of Atlanta. It was simply breathtaking.  

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The horizon straighten feature on my Nikon D800 really help me with some of these shots. Back then I always have to correct it in photoshop. 

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The balcony of the sky lift station  

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The surface of the rock feel like we are in some outer planet.  

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Here's the shot of the Sky Lift, and also our last chance of going down since we took the last ride up the mountain. 

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I am not sure whats going on here. 

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it was cloudy when we first got up there, but the sun eventually came out during our hike.  

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it was a peaceful day and a relaxing day. This little trip is probably my first real break of this year. 

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Here's when we decided to start the mile hike down to the "wrong" parking lot.  

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First leg of the hike.  

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The sun finally came out and here's a silhouette of downtown Atlanta.  

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The view was so gorgeous that I seriously didn't want to leave!  

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Anthony and his cousin Matthew. 

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The Golden Hour and its Beauty  

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Here's my J.J. Abrams shot of the day.  

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Right here is when realized that we are in the wrong parking lot.  

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it took us nearly 2 miles to finally found our original parking spot.  

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Heres final look at Stone Mountain before we started to head home. 

I really the enjoy the little weekend I got to spend in Atlanta, both AWA and the visit to stone mountain.