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Old Jul 21, 2009, 7:43 AM   #1
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Default Rocky Fork Wilderness Area

Had a few hours yesterday, between the heavy thunderstorms, to visit part of a nearby wilderness area. Rocky Fork is 10,00 acres of rich green high ridges and deep valleys, drained by several fine streams. Here are a few shots of the main creek - Rocky Fork itself:
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Rocky Fork is also rich in many small waterfalls. Here are two views of one of them. Which do you prefer?
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One of the goals of this trip was to catalogue some mid-summer blooms in this recently-acquired wilderness. Some of the rarer plants are not very dramatic to photograph, but here are some of the more photogenic ones (Turk's Cap Lily and Purple-flowered Raspberry). Not too sure about the raspberry photo - can't decide if I like it or hate it!
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Of course, these lush wet woodlands are also home to many mushrooms. Here are a few examples.
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Was also on the lookout for new butterfly records for Unicoi County - but my dogs kept trying to eat all the butterflies! Here is one "new species" for the area - the Hickory Hairstreak.
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Since this area is full of Dutchman's Pipevine, it is perfect habitat for the Pipevine Swallowtail. Could not get a good picture - since I had to hold the dog's leashes (much black bear activity in this area). But I did get an OK series that shows how much sunlight affects the perceived color of these butterflies:
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Hope you enjoyed this little hike, and that you will visit the (far more beautiful) real place sometime. Let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement.
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mole,

The waterfalls are very nice. I like #2 best.

The whole series is wonderful as usual. The pictures of the Pipevine Swallowtails were interesting as the light did indeed make them look like two different species. I thought that I saw something that looked like your Dutchman's Pipevine at Parker River last week. I will be going back there again and will be on the lookout for butterflies.

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Were shots 1 & 2 done with a polarizing filter? And would you mind sharing how much time (if any) was spent in photoshop for photos 1 & 2?

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Rocky Fork is also rich in many small waterfalls. Here are two views of one of them. Which do you prefer?
They're both great but #2 is my favorite!
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