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Old Oct 14, 2009, 7:08 AM   #1
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Default Camp Creek Bald - some views

Had a spare hour or two yesterday to head on up to Camp Creek Bald in Greene County. Was guessing that autumn foliage should be at or near peak at these elevations, and was hoping for a few breaks in the clouds to be able to see & share the views.
Here is a view from the Camp Creek valley, looking up towards the mountains.
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Used a little shortcut to get closer to the mountains - here's an autumnal view along Greene Mountain Road.
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There's an old fire tower up on Camp Creek Bald, now used as a transmitting tower, so you can no longer climb up in it. But still an interesting piece of forestry history.
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The Appalachian Trail traverses this region, and offers much better views. At first, the clouds obscured most of the view.
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Of course, the clouds & damp made it easier to focus on details - like this red maple leaf in a bed of polypody ferns, or the cinnamon ferns actually turning cinnamon color!
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And it was amazing (to me) to see how much color variation there can be in the same species of shrub!
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When the cloud cover did start to rise, we began to enjoy the wonderful views from this high country habitat.
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And just about time to leave when the sun did break through, to "paint" the autumn landscape a brighter hue!
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Hope you enjoyed this little 6 mile trek across the high country. Thanks in advance for any comments and suggestions!
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Nice foliage Mole.

The close ups are wonderful.
Sunlight makes all the difference when viewing and photographing the leaves.

I like the last shot with sun streaking through the clouds in places.

Thanks for taking me on the hike with you!

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