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Panthertown Valley from Salt Rock Gap by Mosley Hardy

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Taken by
Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Explore score
2.06 Gigapixels
Date added
May 23, 2010
Date taken
May 23, 2010

Canon Powershot G9


Panthertown Valley is a treat for hikers, as it contains a curious mixture of threatened and endangered species and natural communities.

Panthertown is distinguished by its broad flat valley floor flanked by granite cliffs abruptly rising 200 to 300 feet. These granite domes with exposed rock are uncommon in the southern Appalachians and offer spectacular open vistas. The unusually flat valley is home to at least 11 different natural communities, including the rare southern Appalachian bog and the swamp forest-bog community. These communities harbor numerous rare plants, such as Cuthbert's turtlehead, Canada burnet, marsh bellflower, climbing fern, and spinulose wood fern.

The headwaters of the East Fork of the Tuckasegee River and 20 miles of native brook trout streams, including Panthertown, Greenland, and Flat Creeks, are located in Panthertown Valley.

This is a view from Salt Rock Gap, near the west parking area.

The text above was excerpted from the Nature Conservancy website:

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 2058 megapixels (73040 x 28188 pixels)
Input images: 450 (30 columns by 15 rows)
Field of view: 181.4 degrees wide by 70.0 degrees high (top=31.6, bottom=-38.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G9
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-23 15:04:50 - 2010-05-23 15:29:06
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 207.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 39.8 to 51.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.1 to 42.2 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:16:11 (10 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 25:43, Projection: 6:29, Blending: 43:58
(Preview finished in 48:43)

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