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Lens: K 50/1.4 Camera: K10D Photo Location: Sugar Mountain, NC, USA ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/6s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: baro-nite, 07-30-2012, 07:12 AM

From the top of Sugar Mountain (popular ski hill in North Carolina) you have a splendid view of Grandfather Mountain. Except, that is, for the little building in the foreground -- the infamous Citadel condominium complex, otherwise known as Sugar Top. This lovely building, which would make a Soviet-era apartment block look good by comparison, is clearly visible from 50 miles away if you happen upon the right (or wrong) viewpoint, and was the spur to an NC law preventing such view-killing monstrosities. But the Citadel endures, presumably for all time. From a distance it resembles one of the monoliths from 2001: A Space Odyssey, laid on its side.

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07-30-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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A visual non sequitur for sure - nicely captured.

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What a shame about the view. Gorgeous mountains though.
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Jeff, maybe you could clone it out of existence, just a thought.

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Thanks all!

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maybe you could clone it out of existence
I don't think Photoshop works on real objects, yet!
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A low yield thermonuclear device would do the job on this structure. Might even be worth the side effects.
I can't even put up a 3 metre x 3 metre garden shed here without it being an environmentally friendly colour and all manner of approvals.
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Who lives in such densely packed housing in the middle of nowhere?
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Bruce: hard to think of anything else that would do the job. The NC "ridge law" notwithstanding, our ridgelines are still being littered with more and more buildings; they just have to be under a certain size. It's nearly all vacation houses, stuff that hardly gets used except in summer.

GeoJerry: this is at a ski resort. Probably pretty empty the rest of the year, although I'm sure some use it as a summer getaway from the heat down in the lowlands (the condo is somewhere around 5000' elevation, 15 to 20 degrees (F) cooler than central NC in the summer.


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