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Old Sep 8, 2009, 12:53 PM   #11
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Of the three main falls, #1 is my favorite.
The caterpillar shot is fantastic!

And one last thing, you gotta promises to save some of the fall colors till I get there.
Only 3 more weeks!


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Old Sep 8, 2009, 1:23 PM   #12
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Again, a wonderful series of photographs.

As to the view of the falls, I do like the second one where the rhododendrons and other foliage act as a frame for the image. I can imagine myself hiking through the area and after stepping through some heavy growth into a clearing, this waterfall, heard but unseen until now, is before me.

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Old Sep 8, 2009, 6:54 PM   #13
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The first waterfall is my favorite. I agree with others that the caterpillar shot is outstanding.

I am surprised by the state of your foliage. It looks further along than what I observed in Maine this weekend. I did pass one area where some swamp maples had begun to turn. The nights up there are getting cold so I expect to see a big change when I go up there again in a week or two.

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Old Sep 8, 2009, 8:00 PM   #14
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Mole - all lovely. Especially the caterpillar. And, of the waterfalls, I like the first one best.

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Old Sep 8, 2009, 11:35 PM   #15
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Thank You for the hike, I love the caterpillar and the long road between the trees, that sort of shot always make me imagine , who went down that raod, where does it go to ???


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Old Sep 9, 2009, 8:20 AM   #16
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Actually more and more signs of the autumn is visible this time than your previous series I observed. I could feel the familiar zest of hiking in each of the images above. As for the question; I'd prefer the one on the top lefthandside, which richly displays the beauty of the mossy wet rocks and dramatic flow and fall of the water coming from a realm of emerald above...
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Old Sep 9, 2009, 5:09 PM   #17
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Mole, between the waterfall shots I like the first best. Excellent series, I am absolutely green with envy that you not only live where you do but get to work in a State Park there. Nothing personal, but when I retire in seven years, I may have to take out a contract on you.

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 1:51 AM   #18
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You keep taking magnificent shots Mole,
really like the 4the one with the caterpillar and the spiraling mushroom.

It'll be at least another 2 weeks before the color will start changing here and with the dry summer we had mushrooms still aren't around.

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 6:13 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the kind and helpful comments! It's interesting how many folks liked the caterpillar shot - as I had almost decided not to share that one, thinking it was a bit dull!

Cameannee - Glad you liked that angle on the waterfall - I did a lot of moving around on the slippery slopes to try to capture it that way!

GW - Our fall colors are just barely starting - remember that we have lots of elevation changes here, but even in the high country, it's just a few individual trees that are turning. When do you arrive in our region?

Bluenose - thanks! Very poetic description of exactly how that photo happened!

Lou - Thanks! We have very diverse topography, but most areas are just barely showing a few autumnal tints. Some of the early species - like Blackgum and Sassafrass - have lots of colored leaves, but most are still primarily green.

Patty - Thanks so much! I'm still surprised at how many liked the little furry critter!

Rodney - Thanks! Holston Mt Road is indeed an inviting one. We hiked up the trail about 4 miles or so to get to the road, then walked the road a bit to some other pretty spots. Along this road you can get to places like Horseback Ridge and The Beauty Spot! It's lush with wildflowers from spring through midsummer, and full of amazing autumn and winter views.

Bahadir - Thanks as always for your insights and poetry. I appreciate your input!

Tim - It is great to get paid to play all day long! (At least, that's what I tell people that I do all day long!!) Today I get to share nature discovery with about 300 4th graders, and then clear fallen trees and brier thickets on a 2 mile trail!

Ronny - That is indeed an amazing mushroom. We saw a lot of that species (not sure what species it is...), but that was the only one with the spiral formation. I tried a lot of different angles, but liked that view the best. Sure do hope your weather improves soon!
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