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Currahee Mountain


Toccoa, United States

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Currahee Mountain is a mountain located in Stephens County, Georgia near Toccoa. The name appears to be derived from the Cherokee word ᏊᏩᎯ (quu-wa-hi) meaning “stand alone.”

It is technically a part of the Georgia Piedmont or “foothill” province, Currahee Mountain rises abruptly about 800 vertical feet (240 m) above the local topography and is the highest peak in Stephens County. Part of the mountain is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. On clear days, the peak’s 1,735-foot (529 m) summit is visible for many miles and is a prominent landmark to the southeast of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountain crest.

The mountain was made famous internationally by Tom Hanks’s and Steven Spielberg’s television miniseries Band of Brothers, in which it was featured as a training site of the American Paratroopers at Camp Toccoa, Georgia where they ran up and down Currahee. The name of the mountain became the motto for these paratroopers including the famous quote: “3 Miles up, 3 Miles down”.

I had been trying to get a good shot of Currahee from the highway, but either I was so close to it that it couldn’t be seen, or far enough away that the power lines detracted way too much. I had to be on a back road that I was not familiar with (quite by accident) in order to find the perspective that I liked. It is the most southernmost mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range.

I used my Canon Rebel XTi, shot 3 images with -1, 0, +1 exposures – combined in Photomatix Pro 4.0 using the Grunge settings, Maximum smoothing, then took it to Picnik where I smoothed some more of the sky, then used some vibrance, and the mascara tool to accentuate the towers on the mountain and the fences in the pasture. Finally I ended up in PS4 where I increased the pixel size.

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