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the Lake Jocassee is part of Jocassee, United States.

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Devils Fork State Park  


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Jocassee Blues

Jocassee Blues
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Lake Jocassee (viewed from jumping off rock) Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 70-200mm Today was one of those rare days that clarify all of the doubts one might have about where you're living and what you're doing with your life. I woke up with no specific plans other than to get some good exercise at some point. The temperatures were already around sixty degrees at eight o'clock or so in the morning, do I decided to take a training / scouting expedition up to Jumping Off Rock. On the drive up, I passed a surprising number of men and women running boats up and down Lake Hartwell doing some early morning fishing, their lines catching the sun and creating mental images that took me straight back to my teenage years when I fished the Potomac River with my father in Virginia. Driving up US-178 I passed trucks loaded with mountain bikes, kayaks, and jon boats--everyone looking for their particular versions of active engagement with the beautiful landscapes around Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Horsepasture Road remains closed this time of year (I think until around late March), so my ticket up the mountain today was my mountain bike. For those that don't know me, I'm an avid mountain biker--more so, and much longer running than my passion for photography. I thought it would be an easy to moderate ride nine miles or so up to Jumping Off Rock via Horsepasture Road. However, it was downright grueling in spots--an indication of my lapse in real training this winter and my need to get out more often and challenge myself to get out of the comfort zone. However, it was successful in that this was my first time riding with my photography gear on my back. I've always been too nervous to do this--particularly charging down a dirt road at thirty miles an hour on loose rubble and sand with equipment on my back! But, everything went excellent and I'll most likely be back in the saddle with my gear again sometime soon (a disaster to occur at a later date!). I got up to Jumping Off Rock at about noon--the lighting was harsh and the colors on the mountains were not great. However, the blue water was really nice and the many boats zipping around created some really cool potential. I didn't intend on getting and posting any shots, but I thought this one turned out pretty good considering. All together, about twenty miles of riding, seventy degree temperatures, deserted trails (with the exception of a father and son hiking up) and a really great day altogether. A cold frosty and some relaxation will provide the perfect ending to a nice February weekend. Enjoy yours Flickr universe... This one looks pretty good on a darker background; select the photo and then press L to view in lightroom. www.markvandyke.smugmug.com

Fair Weather Lake Jocassee

Fair Weather Lake Jocassee
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Lake Jocassee (Jumping Off Rock Overlook) Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) from SC-178 Jumping Off Rock remains a favorite destination for me; and more so because of the journey up the mountain than the overlook itself! When I was a kid, my older sister got her driver's license three years before me. I grew up in a Fairfax County, Virginia suburb about fifteen miles outside of Washington D.C., and at that time neighboring Loudoun County to the west still represented the frontier of the development push (think fields, farms, greenery, rural). My sister got a used red mustang convertible for her first ride; dreadfully underpowered and the LX version of the more popular 5.0's of the day. There was an undeveloped lake that we would go to as kids to enjoy a hot summer day--and a back route that had a short dirt road (less than a mile). For a boy that lived in an asphalt jungle and a suburban subdivision that was larger itself than most of the towns that I've lived in since, riding in her convertible with the top down on that dirt road, a big dust trail following us, music and the crunch of the tires on the washboard was just about as sweet as it could get for me; freedom in action ;-) When it came time for college, most all of my friends opted to go north, chasing culture and name recognition and other things I don't mean to discount one bit. For me, it was the opposite; time to find national forests, waterfalls and dirt roads! Everytime I ride up to Jumping Off Rock in my truck I roll those windows down and for the ten miles or so of switchback rip rap gravel roads I get that same feeling of freedom. For that hour or so gas mileage and career paths and the what have you done with your life lately's disappear and I'm just a boy again doing what I dreamed of doing many years back.

Tweaked and Remastered - Jumping Off Rock

Tweaked and Remastered - Jumping Off Rock
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Finger of Lake Jocassee from Jumping Off Rock Overlook Pickens County, Upstate South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road on Mountain Bike (gravel--open seasonally to vehicles) Archives: May 15, 2011* This area of the Jocassee Gorges has been dedicated to Dr. James A. Timmerman Jr., the director of South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources until 1997, and an individual who worked hard to protect thousands of acres of mountain lands. On the monument stone at the Jumping Off Rock overlook I got a kick out of a statement that was attributed to Timmerman and that reads: God visits the beaches, but He lives in the mountains. John Frampton, current director of SCs Department of Natural Resources is quoted as saying, I truly believe the view here (Jumping Off Rock) is the most spectacular in the state of South Carolina. I smile at Timmerman's sentiment because my father, who grew up not far from here in Southwestern Virginia, likes to say when in areas like this, that we've entered God's country. The Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area is the largest contiguous piece of mountain property ever shielded from development in this country--except for development of a man-made lake that is ;-) Locals know this area as the Horsepasture, which was a fertile valley before 1971 when Duke Power flooded the area permanently for the creation of Lake Jocassee to meet electricity demands. Others know this area as the Jocassee Gorges. The Jocassee Gorges contain over 250 square miles of protected forestlands along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Jocassee, according to legend, means land of the lost one, which is strangely fitting for those familiar with the history of these lands--past and present.

Moments to Remember

Moments to Remember
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Sunset over Lake Jocassee Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) I typically go up to Jumping Off Rock with fellow Flickr members Dave and Jen Allen. First and foremost, Dave, I was cringing that you weren't up there with me to see this one happen! If I had planned this outing in advance or you lived closer I would have dialed you up in a heartbeat because things got spectacular up at Jumping Off Rock this evening and with your talent and gear I would've loved to have seen what you could come up with. For about thirty minutes the sun peaked through various windows in the clouds and sent crepescular rays onto the lake and the surrounding shores. Finally, a week of rain and cloud cover lifted off completely and left a crystal blue sky just as the sun was going down behind the mountain peaks. I actually stopped snapping photographs for awhile and just watched the beauty before me. Once the sun was down, the sky quickly cleared of all cloud cover with the help of some very cool winds and I gathered my stuff to begin the long drive back down Horsepasture Road in the dark. On a more sour note, sensor dust and debris is on my shit list! I have hundreds of shots that I absolutely love, but there is garbage all over the picture that just takes my spirit down. I know it is completely my fault for not taking the body into the camera shop and getting the proper maintenance and upkeep done on my equipment; that is on the definite to-do list after this evening for sure. I'll probably post the shots regardless, but it just eats me inside because they are trashed by that stuff. Gear: Nikon D200; Nikkor 12-24mm; Manfrotto Tripod Settings: f22 at 1/10s and iso100 with wb5300K

Sunset Lake Jocassee

Sunset Lake Jocassee
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Lake Jocassee (Jumping Off Rock overlook) Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) off SC-178 near the town of Rocky Bottom This is a photograph of Lake Jocassee from the newly constructed Jumping Off Rock overlook in Upstate South Carolina that I took a few weeks back. I've had the pleasure to meet up with Dave and Jennifer Allen several times to photograph the area [(Dave: and (Jennifer: www.flickr.com/photos/japixels/)]. Really good people the two of them. I followed Dave's photography on Flickr for a good while before we first met in person this past autumn at a photography meet up in Brevard, North Carolina. Lake Jocassee is a fascinating place. For being a relatively new feature in the landscape, it has a lot of buried history. Man-made, Lake Jocassee is 7500 acres and has roughly 75 miles of shoreline. Full-pond elevation is 1,100 feet according to the Duke Power website. The interesting part is what is left underneath the water! There are two different lodges that were fully intact at the time of Duke Power flooding the valley: Attakulla Lodge and Whitewater Inn--not to mention an entire cherokee graveyard. Scuba divers routinely enjoy discovering the hidden landscape that lies below Lake Jocassee--one that unveils stories of what the area was like in the not too distant past when it was a fertile valley and the confluence of four rivers: Whitewater, Toxoway, Devil's and Thompson.

The Jocassee Gorges

The Jocassee Gorges
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Helicopter Access Landing Pad Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) from SC-178 I really wanted a picture this past week! After hundreds of dollars of fuel and many trips up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic areas of North and South Carolina I came away with a handful of okay shots but nothing spectacular. I guess it's true that if you want something too badly, it will typically elude you! The natural color values in the sky and clouds today were beautiful. Knowing that my photographic luck had been a bit dry of late, I decided to get some exercise by taking the mountain bike for a spin up Horsepasture Road to Jumping Off Rock in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Riding a twenty pound mountain bike with forty pounds of gear and a tripod strapped to your back is always an interesting endeavor! Horsepasture Road has been closed to all vehicle traffic for a week or so now for the bear mating season, making it a pristine place to catch some speed and enjoy a ride without the safety hazard of becoming a hood ornament for an oncoming truck. Right before screaming down the last hill and arriving at the new Jumping Off Rock overlook I saw these wildflowers blooming in the helicopter landing zone to the left of the road and had to stop. The helicopter landing areas were built by the South Carolina Army National Guard to provide quick access to remote areas of the Jocassee Gorges for accident and wildfire response.

Cloud Play

Cloud Play
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Sunset over Lake Jocassee Upstate South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) off SC-178 Recently Flickr member Dave Allen ( and his wife Jennifer were both kind enough to meet up with me for a trip up to Jumping Off Rock in Upstate South Carolina. For all of us it was a first of which we had planned in one way or another for several years! Unfortunately the sunset that evening was less than spectacular. However, I returned again today after an afternoon of slow rains and was treated to a really fantastic sky and lots of interesting light! I can only imagine what Dave would have been able to do with tonight's sunset had he been along with me. Jumping Off Rock is an overlook in Upstate South Carolina looking down upon Lake Jocassee. It is accessed by a primitive gravel road (horsepasture road) that is roughly nine miles in length--be prepared for that distance to take about an hour each way as the going is a bit rough and very curvy. Lake Jocassee is a 7,500 acre, 300+ foot deep lake in Upstate South Carolina fed by four cold-water appalachian rivers. For you fishermen out there, Lake Jocassee holds five state records, including a 9 pound smallmouth bass (2001), an 18 pound brown trout (1987) and a 12 pound rainbow trout (1993). Smugmug: markvandyke.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Upstate-South-Carolina...

Ripples on the Surface

Ripples on the Surface
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Boat on Lake Jocassee (viewed from Jumping Off Rock) Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) This one is being posted for my mother at her suggestion after viewing a handful of my takes from yesterday. I really liked the idea, but the monochromatic background really showed a couple of dust spots on the sensor that kind of ruined it for me! The one in the lower left hand corner that looks like a small hair...flickr contact pointed this out to me over a year ago! Low and behold, what I thought I had taken care of is alive and well and showing up on my images! And the dust spot in the middle of the image has been a persistent one; getting more prominent at different apertures? I've tried to clean things myself, but the truth seems as if its in the pudding--I need to have a professional do his/her magic on the camera to get back to clean images. Very important for me too, because I don't have PS and can't simply post process these puppies--although, that seems something I need to work on too! New lens; new types of images! Having a blast trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. My learning style has always been to just go out and do something--trying all different lighting, zoom ranges, high/low vantages; I'll figure it out in due time! Online gallery: www.markvandyke.smugmug.com

Touching the Void

Touching the Void
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Sunbeams viewed from J.O. Rock Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) From the archives: March 31, 2011. This was the evening that I learned the importance of a clean sensor. After a number of trips up to Jumping Off Rock in the Upstate of South Carolina, I was finally blessed with conditions that were beyond my imagination. An hour or more of shifting intense sunbeams and a clearing storm that broke literally just as the sun slipped below the mountain peaks. However, as I would find when I got home that evening and downloaded the shots, almost every one of them were garbage with an enormous amount of sensor dust and debris. This take was a lucky mistake, as I experimented in the field with a non-conventional landscape aperture (much more closed down) which de-emphasized the damage seen from the sensor gremlins. I've since cleaned the sensor and been very happy with the results. However, despite another ten or more trips up to J.O. Rock, I've never seen conditions anywhere near what this evening presented me. I learned some valuable lessons indeed about being ready and keeping my gear in better shape. It was also the catalyst to brave up and get in there and clean the sensor.

Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Sunset over Lake Jocassee Pickens County, South Carolina Accessed via Horsepasture Road (gravel) off SC-178 **Flickr Explore #172 on November 6, 2010. Thank you everyone! There's definitely some lens flare in this one, but it was the best I could do from a distance with a wide angle lens! For those that live in the area Lake Jocassee is really quite an interesting place. Created fairly recently (1973) the lake is very deep and very cold as it is fed by cool mountain rivers. Among the buried in the three hundred foot deep lake are an entire lodge and a hilltop graveyard which provide divers with plentiful points of interest. This view is from the new Jumping Off Rock viewing location off of Horsepasture Road in Upstate South Carolina. Those who are looking for some late season color should check this area out as the drive up the mountain was full of nice reds and yellows. Not sure how things will fare if we do see the southern appalachian snow that the weather forecasters are calling for this weekend though!

Chapman’s Bridge

Chapman’s Bridge
Made by Pickens County Library System
P431 Eastatoe, 1957? 8 x 10 B/W Print Photographer: Gary Hiott. Shows two men in a horse-drawn sleigh, in front of Chapman's bridge in the snow. Published in Anderson Independent, Feb. 23, 1958. Tom Davidson of Easley bought the sleigh in New England and he and James Shelton are shown posing in it for Davidson's Christmas card picture. Bridge built in 1917 to replace steel bridge destroyed in flood after Toxaway Dam broke the previous year. Bridge destroyed by fire June 7, 1974 For comments, suggestions or to provide additional information, please send an e-mail to reference@pickens.lib.sc.us

Sweet Pinesap (Monotroposis odorata)

Sweet Pinesap (Monotroposis odorata)
Made by jimf_29605
I couldn't let Walter get away with posting his images of Sweet Pinesap and not post at least one, myself. These are wonderful little plants, and you wouldn't even find them without first noticing their strong, clove-like fragrance. They are less than 3 tall, and usually hide under the forest's leaf litter. Really neat find at Devils Fork State Park, Oconee County, South Carolina... BTW, that's not a pine cone in the foreground -- it's the cap of an acorn! That's how tiny these plants are.

Patrolling the skies

Patrolling the skies
Made by Mark VanDyke Photography
Scavengers riding the air currents above Lake Jocassee Pickens County, South Carolina (from J.O. Rock Overlook) It may not be a fine art photograph, but I can't help but coming back to this one. A good photograph is supposed to invoke a feeling for the viewer; the tough part is realizing that everyone has different triggers and experiences and hence will view the same photograph different ways. What do you guys think? Does it do anything for you?

Sweet Pinesap-424

Sweet Pinesap-424
Made by Walter Ezell
The sweet pinesap grows under the leaf litter. You find it by sniffing for the fragrance as you walk by. It's spicy, like cinnamon. Then you follow your nose and carefully push the leaf litter aside till you see this strange little plant. Jim Fowler found these in Devil's Fork State Park. He placed a quarter to show the scale. They're really tiny! Strobist Info: On FL-50R speedlight TTL, off to the left, triggered remotely by popup.

Chapman’s Bridge

Chapman’s Bridge
Made by Pickens County Library System
P011 Eastatoe 8 x 10 B/W Print Bridge built in 1917 to replace steel bridge destroyed in flood after Toxaway Dam broke the previous year. Bridge destroyed by fire June 7, 1974 For comments, suggestions or to provide additional information, please send an e-mail to reference@pickens.lib.sc.us

Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia)

Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia)
Made by jimf_29605
We also went to Devils Fork State Park, today. The lure for this location in mid-March is the extremely rare flowering plant, Oconee Bells. It has a strange botanical history which I'll let you look up via the Google. Suffice it to say, the flowers are quite lovely, and they are a joy to photograph. We could have spent the entire day there, but we had other places to go...

Jocassee Cliff

Jocassee Cliff
Made by Let Ideas Compete
Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. This is one of three lakes built by Duke Power (now called Duke Energy). This lake is a pump storage lake. Kake Keowee, which is the next lake downstream is for the nucler power plant. During peak periods this lake, Jocassee, is drained for some hydroelectric boost. During low periods, water is pumped back into Jocassee for the next peak.

Car strewn with debris after Toxaway flood

Car strewn with debris after Toxaway flood
Made by Pickens County Library System
P139 Jocassee, August 1916 8 x 10 B/W Print At Brown's Hotel, Jocassee, after the Toxaway Dam broke on August 13, 1916 For comments, suggestions or to provide additional information, please send an e-mail to reference@pickens.lib.sc.us

Fishing trip _ Lake Jocassee

Fishing trip _ Lake Jocassee
Made by * Joel *
First and last fishing trip for them ... time has come for us to go back to France after more then 5 years here ... feeling kind of sad ... Premiere et derniere partie de peche pour les enfants ... le temps est venu pour nous de retourner en France apres plus de 5 annees ici ... un peu triste ...

fly two

fly two
Made by fo.ol
tamara took it ___ Geotagged - Google Maps - Google Earth



Nearest places of interest:

Camp Sites
Devils Fork State Park
Jocassee Pumped Storage Facility
Natural Bridge Trail and Raven Rock Trail
  Laurel Fork Falls
Gorges State Park
Lower Whitewater Falls
Bad Creek Hydroelectric (Upper Reservoir)

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