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Old Jun 8, 2009, 6:37 AM   #1
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Back from a quick visit to Lower Higgins Creek. This is on the edge of a 10,000 wilderness area known at Rocky Fork - a rich green land of many unique species. It hosts a thriving large mammal population, including Black Bears & Bobcats, Flying Squirrels & Grey Fox. On this trip, I got almost no "critter" pictures, because my hiking buddis/puppies were way too rambumctious and scared most of them off - even tried to eat a few rare butterflies! But we did get some fair shots of the landscape. Here's are some typical photos of this amazing place - the base of one of the many waterfalls, and the top of another:
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The forests here are incredibly diverse. Here's a nice little grove of Basswoods:
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Lots of unique wildflowers throughout Rocky Fork. First is Beardtongue - from the higher, drier ridges:
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And one of my favorite flowers, Mountain Sorrel, from right in the spray zone of the biggest waterfall:
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Witch Hazel is also abundant here, and many of the leaves have these strange galls (look a bit like witch hats to me):
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Some of last year's Wintergreen berries are still in good shape, and quite tasty!
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The only "critter" my dogs didn't scare off (a white-lipped forest snail):
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And a quick stop at one of my favorite shade trees on the way home: (As always, suggestions for improvement and criticisms are gratefully accepted)
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Mole, I was not aware that snails had lips! Also which body and lens/lenses do you use. All great shots.
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Not sure I can offer any comments for improvements...on the contrary, I am learning from you! As always, very nice compositions!
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