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Tallassee Shoals XIX: Another Stone Structure   Leave a comment

All Images Dated December 14, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

In the immediate vicinity of the structures above the headrace wall one can find this stone structure.

I wonder how long this structure has existed.  Anyhow, it is close to the Athens Loop and Mitchell Bridge Road.

Poss Creek and Ben Burton Park proper are to the right in this image.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 15, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVIII: Structures Above the Headrace Wall   1 comment

All Images Dated December 14, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Above you, O reader, see a view of the same two structures from a different perspective, from beside Poss Creek, in Ben Burton Park.  These structures sit atop the Headrace Wall, beside Poss Creek, seen below.

The bridge in the image is the entrance into Ben Burton Park.

One structure, beside the river, is stone.

Beside it is a concrete structure containing stones.

I wonder what function(s) these structures served.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 15, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVII: Proximity   Leave a comment

Above:  A Stone Structure in the Woods Near Where I Live, December 13, 2017

All Photographs Dated December 13, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

The image above is of the same structure that is the topic of this post.  The seasonal deleafing of trees creates a different view.

Above we see the ruins of the stone structure from a different angle.  We see the clearing (that eventually leads into Ben Burton Park on the right) behind the structure.  We cannot see the apartments in the background on the left, where the blue sky is evident.  When I turn around 180 degrees I see the view below:

Notice the river and the stone wall beside it.

Cropping that image a certain way emphasizes the wall (probably from 1895 or so) nicely.

Autumn and winter are wonderful times to gaze upon these relics of the former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 13, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVI: Middle Oconee River   Leave a comment

Above:  Middle Oconee River, December 10, 2017

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Trails north of Ben Burton Park are wonderful places to photograph the Middle Oconee River.

Photograph dated December 10, 2017

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XV: Headrace Gates in Woods   1 comment

All images dated December 10, 2017

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

This massive stone structure is adjacent to the Middle Oconee River and north of Ben Burton Park.

Another headrace gate is immediately to the south of this one.

Here are some views from the other side:

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XIV: Turtles   Leave a comment

Above:  A Turtle Just Outside Ben Burton Park, October 24, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Turtles interest me; simply watching them is pleasurable.  On occasion I photograph them as they go about their turtle lives.

On October 24, 2017, as I was about to enter Ben Burton via a back route (marked as a jeep trail on the diagram in this entry), I noticed a turtle in my vicinity.  He went on his way and I sent on mine.

Above:  Turtles on a Rock in the Middle Oconee River, October 31, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Larger turtles sun themselves on rocks in the Middle Oconee River, beside Ben Burton Park.  Photographing them can prove tricky, for turtles frequently return to the water if one has to walk through leaves to get close enough to the river bank to get a good view.  I get to observe the river turtles frequently, though.  That is fortunate.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XIII: Small Waterfall   Leave a comment

Above:  A Portion of Poss Creek, Ben Burton Park, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, October 29, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

As one enters Ben Burton Park in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, one crosses a bridge that spans Poss Creek, which flows into the Middle Oconee River.  The creek, with water flowing over exposed rocks, is lovely.  Small waterfalls are among the features of this creek.

The creek was part of the former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, which was operational from 1902 to 1960.  I wonder what the creek looked like then, especially given the fact that remnants of that hydroelectric facility surround it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 COMMON ERA

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