Since moving to Dahlonega at the age of three, when my dad came to teach biology at North Georgia College, I have seen an amazing change from a sleepy small college town to a vibrant art community and tourist destination. The site of the first major gold rush in the USA and located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega is now touted as one of the best places in the U.S. to retire and a new type of rush has begun. In addition to a revived interest in the gold history of the region and the growth of the college into a highly respected university, Dahlonega has become the site of the U. S. Army’s mountain training center for the elite Ranger program. With six operating wineries wine making is becoming a major industry in the Dahlonega area. Even with this growth, Dahlonega seems to continue to improve in almost every respect. Photographs of the Dahlonega area can be seen on this web site at Dahlonega Scenes.
During the time of this transformation in the town, I graduated from Lumpkin County High School in 1947 and from the college in 1951 with a BS degree in Physics and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. June Malcom and I met as students at NGC and were married while I was stationed in New Mexico serving in the Army’s fledging nuclear weapons program. We enjoyed New Mexico, and the assignment was both educational and exciting. After almost four years in the military service I joined the Dupont Company at the Savannah River Plant in S.C. and remained there for six years before transferring to Wilmington, Delaware in the company’s Engineering Research Division. There I enjoyed the remainder of an interesting and challenging 33 year career with Dupont before retiring as an Engineering Fellow in 1988. While in Wilmington, I earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and June earned her BS Degree in Education at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. after which she joined the Delaware school system.
After we both retired, June and I returned to Dahlonega to make our home on a hilltop overlooking Dahlonega and the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. The image above was taken from the back deck of our home.
I have been an active photographer since developing the original Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce web site in 1995. I was able to take advantage of the art program at North Georgia College & State University to study photography for 4 years with Hank Margeson. While in this program one of the assignments in a computer graphics course was to develop a small book of photographs. This assignment led to the year 2000 publication of the coffee table book Dahlonega, A Special Place described elsewhere on this web site. After that publication I continued to explore the mountains of north Georgia photographing over 100 waterfalls which I published in the coffee table book Waterfalls of North Georgia. I continue to photograph new waterfalls and these will be included in the next edition. All of these photographs and more are included in the Waterfalls of North Georgia web page on this site. A third hard bound coffee table book titled The Corps of Cadets - The Boar's Head Brigade, a 176 page book of photographs that tells the story of the nationally recognized ROTC program at North Georgia College & State University, was released in October of 2009.
Landscape photography is a special interest but I enjoy most other types of photography as well. My favorite photographs are shown in the Gallery of Photographs on this web site and represent a wide range of interests. Because kudzu is everywhere around the south I have been photographing the many forms kudzu takes as it grows over trees, signs, houses, barns and anything else not moving. This has resulted in a web page that has attracted attention around the world. I continue to add to the kudzu web page after each summer’s collection of new photographs.
Photo taken from our deck of the sun setting over Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
In addition to the three books I have published, I have provided the photographs for two other books. The first was a book by Amy Blackmarr titled Dahonega Haunts with 24 photographs and cover photograph of the haunted places in Dahlonega that are described in the book.
The second is a book published by Stephen Hedrick titled Tall Tales and Sonnets of the South. The book has 31 photographs made around the south and used to illustrate the stories in the book. The book description can be seen at http://www.talltalesandsonnets.com/
Other of my photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines in the U.S. and several other countries.
While visiting Dahlonega, examples of my photography can be seen at the Corkscrew Café, the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center (second floor), Latourette Agency, Chestatee Real Estate offices (Crown Mountain Dr.), Dahlonega Recreation Center, Lumpkin County Courthouse, Lumpkin County Library, Chestatee Regional Hospital, NGCSU School of Business, NGCSU MBA campus (Cumming), Riders Hill Motorcycle Sales, Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center and the Achasta Dining room,