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Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003

Points of Interest?

Hello everyone!
I'm planning a two week driving tour this January to travel and photograph parts of the U.S. I've never visited.
To avoid complications with the weather I'm considering a southern route,...starting from my home state in Maryland through Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California...then north into Nevada Utah and the Colorado Rockies.

I've researched each state's scenic and historic attractions but I was hoping that someone who lives along my proposed route could recommend a specific destination that would be worth a visit during this little adventure.

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11/24/2005 12:43:37 PM

Brenda M. Wolfensberger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/29/2004
  Hi Bob! I was going to suggest Antietam Battle Field but after looking at your website, you've already been there! :) Then I was thinking Sideling Hill, but alas, got that shot too! haha I live in Western Maryland and we have Cunningham Falls that is a nice park. You can walk through alot of the woods and end up at a huge rock climb, waterfall. Never been there in January so I don't know what you'd find. They are having the lighting of the luminaries at Antietam Battle Field on 12/3 but that's before your trip. Where in Maryland are you from? You have some great shots on your site!

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11/24/2005 7:33:26 PM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Since I am in Central Texas, if you'd come mid March to mid April, I would have very strongly recommended to drive down to Texas Hill Country region such as Johnson City and Burnet area for the wildflower viewing and photographing.
But in January, this area is fairly boring. San Antonio is always a good place to visit because of strong Hispanic culture and Spanish influence. If you have not seen the Alamo, "Remember the Alamo" of course.

There are a quite a few BP'ers in and near Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, they may have good input for you.

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11/24/2005 8:12:06 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Brenda for your suggestions.
I've lived in central MD all my life so I think I've pretty much covered all of my home state. I've been to Cunningham Falls and the region surrounding the Catoctin Mountains many times....really beautiful there! In winter, the ice formations on the creeks and waterfalls are truly special.

Thanks for your suggestions as well. I do wish I could have planned this trip during the warmer months but time restraints made it impossible.

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11/24/2005 9:06:19 PM


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  Maryland, do a search for Kilgore Falls at the Rocks in Harford County. It's well worth the short walk back to the falls, especially in colder weather. If day hiking, go to Harpers Ferry, MD. and march about two or three miles north on the Appalachian Trail for a FANTASTIC vista of the Upper Potomac Valley.

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11/24/2005 9:09:19 PM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  I Wanna Go Too:-)Your Missing Hocking Hills In Ohio Bob!LOL!!Its Alot Of Fun In Jan,(Bring Your Ice Spikes)

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11/25/2005 9:58:02 AM

Donna K. Kilcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/5/2004
  if you go near Eurika Springs Arkansas you should stop there

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11/25/2005 2:13:38 PM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Bob, you might want to visit this web site: They have guides to various places in the US and Canada that are specifically geared toward photographers. Some of the guides that I have found useful include such information as when/where to be to shoot sunrise and sunset; where to go that may not be as well known so that your images are a little more unique and advice as to how to best access some out of the way sites. They also publish a newsletter (I believe it is a quarterly publication) that includes info from other photographers.

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11/25/2005 2:14:24 PM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Oh - one other point: You probably already are aware of this, but you do know that if you plan to visit the rockies in January that you will run into snow and ice? Just be prepared!

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11/25/2005 2:15:46 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks everyone for your great suggestions,...keep 'em coming!
I'm going to keep this page in my favorites and "google" all of your recommendations before December ends.

I'm not sure but I think I have a shot of Kilgore Falls in my slide files.
I came across that waterfall many years ago while exploring the tribs to Deer Cr. searching for wild brown trout...didn't know what it was called though.
If I can manage to dig up the photo I will scan it and post it here.
(It might be interesting to see how the falls has evolved since the late 70's.)

I've also been to Harper's Ferry many times and have hiked the Appalachian Trail and viewed the scenic vistas you mentioned. (without my cameras though.) :(
Some day, I will hike up there with my full arsenal and hopefully do it justice.

I will definately visit the website you recommended.
...And yes, I'm aware that the weather will be a bit challenging. I have a Grand Cherokee that's awesome in snow. (...And even if I happen to get stranded and can't get back to work on time, that such a bad thing?) ;)

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11/25/2005 3:10:14 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/6/2001
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  Check out Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It's just a couple blocks off I-40 and is a wintering area for snow geese. E-mail me if you want to see that and I'll meet you.

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11/25/2005 3:31:43 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Carolyn,
I just Googled Sequoyah and it looks like it definately warrants a visit.
I've shot wintering (or migrating) waterfowl here in MD but I have mostly common species like Canadas, mallards and a few pintails.
I was actually hoping to expand upon this list on this trip.

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11/25/2005 4:52:53 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Hello,...Me again.
Thanks again to all who have offered their suggestions. I've formulated an itinerary based upon my own research and some of the ideas posted here.

One quick question:
Is anyone familiar with the region surrounding the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon? I was just wondering what kind of weather I can expect to find there in early January.

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12/18/2005 5:24:32 AM

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