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Old Nov 1, 2009, 8:55 PM   #11
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Mole, as usual, you have shared with us some wonderful pics of a wonderful part of the world. I like all of them, but I'm especially taken by your shot of the old stone stairs. Just imagine how much back breaking effort went into building those steps, and many years after those hardy souls built them, the farmstead was abandoned for "greener pastures."
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Old Nov 1, 2009, 9:35 PM   #12
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Well I've dried off now , thanks for the hike.
I agree with Penolta the last one is my favourite.


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Old Nov 2, 2009, 6:55 AM   #13
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Great series of the forest in the rain.

I agree with Harriet that you would do well to have a water resistant camera.

I liked #'s 1, 3 & 4 best.

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Old Nov 3, 2009, 5:40 AM   #14
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Glad you liked the rainy day trip - my boots are just about dry again!

Penolta - thanks! I liked that view a lot too, but did not have time to take many shots between the raindrops. Definitely agree that re-framing would have helped... The salamander is a Blue Ridge Two-lined (Eurycea wilderae), endemic to the southern appalachians.

GW - Glad you liked the soggy photos - I love hiking in any weather (except maybe severe thunderstorms and such...)!

Sarah - glad you could come along for the trip!

Harriet - You're right, I probably would benefit from a weather-sealed camera and lenses, but, lacking any funds for such, will have to continue using what I have...

Mtnman - Thanks for your kind words - and thanks for sharing your depth of thought that those steps brought out. It's interesting that many of the old home/farmsites in the Smokies were not abandoned, but rather were bought by the government when the park was being established. In some cases, families were allowed to stay on until the older generation died...

Rodney - thanks! We're drying out here too!

Lou - Thanks for the kind words! I agree too, but there is the small matter of no $ to acquire them. But I do have plenty of waterproof plastic bags to put my gear in!
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