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Old Aug 11, 2009, 6:59 AM   #1
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Took a hike up Limestone Cove Trail yesterday. This is a fine hike up the side of Unaka Mountain. It is in a designated wilderness area.
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The trail runs mostly within the watershed of Rocky Branch, a small clear stream with lots of little falls. It's trickling "voice" is the background of much of the hike.
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Limestone Cove is a pretty steep trail, much of it in dense shaded Rhododendron thickets. It's perfect growing conditions for a wide variety of ferns.
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Some of the "fruits" of the hike include magnolia cones and an incredible Blueberry crop. We met a couple out berry picking who had gathered over 5 gallons in an hour of picking! (My dogs prefer to bite them right off the bushes.)
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Not too much blooming until we got near the top of Unaka Mt, where there's more daylight for the blooming things (Cow Wheat, Rattlesnake Orchid, Joe Pye Weed, and Pink Turtlehead).
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Was hoping for some good views on top - it's usually an awesome place to see the surrounding mountains. Instead got some refreshingly cool mist and fog, and good views of the old road that crosses the mountain!
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I will be away from any electronics for the next week or so, and unable to respond to any comments. But thanks in advance for any comments and constructive criticism. Have a great week!
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Wonderful shots as usual, mole. I'm envious of your waterfall shots having gone out this weekend for some and not getting too many that are any good.

See you when you get back.

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Lovely looking place, as usual. Sure wish I were there and in the cool fog!

Have a good time!
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Another informative and well photographed series, you do fine work!

I like the close up of the blueberries! I also love eating them and do often.

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