Well, this year, with Beth recovering from bariatric surgery, we couldn’t really do any of that – at least Beth couldn’t, which would sort of negate the whole point of the splashy brunch. So instead, we packed up the picnic backpack with some smaller and more-healthy things like fruit and bread and olives, and drove up north into Rabun County, to Minnehaha Falls, just off Lake Rabun.
Sometimes, you just get lucky, and this Mothers’ Day, we certainly did: the weather was simply gorgeous, with low humidity and temps about 72 degrees the entire time we were there. The hike itself is no more than a mile (and I think it’s probably just under half, though I didn’t measure) up a moderate incline, next to the stream all the way – with lots of nice vantage points into little pools along the way. But it’s not a patch on what you see when you get to the top. The photos we took were all unfortunately under some of the worst lighting conditions possible – dappled sunlight, which plays hell with a camera’s automatic light-metering. Cameras try to average it out mathematically, but that often leaves the light areas washed out an overexposed and the darker ones in shade too black, with little detail.
However, luckily, dad’s been fooling around with a new application on the Mac, called Hydra (awesome, click here if you want to read about it). It’s one of the new class of High Dynamic Range applications, which means that it looks at both the brights and the darker areas, and tries to come up with the most detailed image for each. The result is much more like what you remember seeing with your naked eye, rather than the often disappointing too-light, too-dark images you get normally with even good cameras. Here are four of ours from that trip.
On a personal note, I’d just like to say how glad I am to be married to not only such a wonderful person as a partner for my life, but such a fantastic mother, too. We love you, Beth. 😀