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Again, we are on a short trek this time, not that far from Atlanta. It's a blast from the past with iconic hood ornaments and more. It's the self-proclaimed "World's Oldest Junkyard Jungle" but we all know about hyperbole and the limits of truth-in-advertising.
Can you guess where we are? And, did you know where we were last week, in the presence of the giant shadow bear shown below?
If you travel to Western North Carolina or spend much time in North East Georgia, you might have recognized this seasonal phenomena. You might have even seen it mentioned in a local paper or heard it talked about.
We photographed this scene in the fall of 2018 to capture the changing colors of the turning trees. It was a beautiful partly cloudy day as we drove up to the site hoping the clouds would clear for a full experience. Sharing a narrow curbside along a winding two lane road not far from Cashiers, North Carolina, we watched with a small crowd of onlookers as the sun's slow setting threw this shadow bear into full view.
First it appeared as just a small shadow, Then it grew slowly into different shapes, turning briefly into a duck caricature and then into this master of the mountains - a giant black bear.
A small cheer erupted from the folks watching by the roadside when the bear came into full view. And then, just as it had slowly materialized it continued to change until the bear was absorbed into a larger and more generalized mountain shadow.
Locals call this phenomena the Shadow of the Bear and it appears for just a short time twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, when the earth's angle toward t he sun is just right.
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