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Fall In Vogel State Park

One of my goals this year, after all that’s happened, was to spend autumn just exploring Georgia State Parks to absorb the colors. I mean to do it every year, but previously we had so many options during the weekends that we wound up doing something else. Restaurants and larger friend gatherings were the biggest culprits – no longer an option for those being responsible during this pandemic. Hiking has been a self discovery. I find that a balance of physical exertion appropriate for my current body plus the opportunity to photograph and absorb natural beauty is the perfect combination.

Our trip to Vogel State Park took us on three trails – and all of them were spectacularly dressed for fall.

Lake Trahlyta Trail

Lake Trahlyta sits in a valley between a few peaks and its shores were lined with gorgeous color. There’s a single bright yellow maple on one side that really struck me with the way it framed the opposite shore. It’s an easy trail to walk – good for children and anyone with minor mobility issues. There’s also benches all around to simply sit and absorb the splendor.

Lake Trahlyta Waterfall Trail Offshoot

Right off the lake trail is a short set of steps to the waterfall. These falls are created by a manmade dam but they’re still pretty spectacular if you don’t mind their origin story.

Bear Hair Gap Trail

Walking up the gap trail leads to a lot of autumn scenery – especially if you stop and look closely! Crystal clear rainwater running over amber and rust colored leaves was an excellent repeat sight.

The colors all over the changing trees kept me pausing over and over.

Finally you arrive at the peak and have this vantage point pretty much all to yourself. The lake you were just walking around looks so small, but the colors of the trees framing the lake still give it a grand feeling.

It’s an excellent hike, a total of just 6 miles or so, even with the meandering, and I recommend it! Definitely check it out on AllTrails and drop me a photo in the comments if you go!



The birch trees lined the banks of the lake, upright and fiery.  I couldn’t help but look down and see the stunning painting-esque effect the almost calm water was having on the scene. Collins Hill Park is large and beautiful with miles of walking trail and this stunning lake in the middle. Jeremy and I are going to try and find the prettiest parks in Gwinnett and this one was definitely up there!


More Autumn Photos

The evening light has been fantastic lately. While I don’t like the fact that the daylight slips away by six, I do enjoy the fact that the evening golden hour happens between 5 and 5:45, making it super convenient to utilize that atmosphere at a reasonable hour.

I’m still thinking about buying myself a 5D Mk III and a 35mm 1.4 soon.  I’m starting to get some business again, and things are kind of slow at work because Macys has a deployment freeze during the holidays.
Patience is not my most easily practiced virtue… and my creative itch is getting itchier.



We took a short walk at the park near our house today. Here in Atlanta we’re totally enjoying some late fall colors. It’s stunning outside, you should go! Also I will be posting most of the bigger adventures Jeremy and I have in store on our couples website: You can check out wedding and honeymoon photos there for now!




At the park on Thursday, it was clear that fall had indeed arrived. The trees were all disrobing and the grandmothers walking around the tracks all had their sweaters.




I’m enjoying the fall colors. I always do. And this year, after my inital allergy attack on return from my trip, I haven’t had any attacks since. Lets hope this stays that way!

I’m also trying something new. With watermarks. Usually I don’t watermark anything. I hate watermarks. But now I’m seeing my stuff…everywhere.  Maybe a small white tasteful watermark and full metadata will help drive some traffic back here. :)