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Old Dec 3, 2009, 7:02 AM   #1
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Down near the foot of Holston Mountain, at the edge of the Flint Mill primitive area, is a very popular local swimming hole called Blue Hole. It's usually much too crowded for quiet photography or nature-watching. But yesterday was a cold, rainy, windy day, and no one else was there. I came mostly to help with some trash pick-up, but stayed to enjoy the waterfalls. There's a long wandering line of waterfalls down this stream, and here are some views of several, from upper to lower...
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The middle falls in down in a small grotto of very tough quartzite, full of amazing mosses and strange reflections.
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And here is the main swimming hole, with its waterfall. (First time I've ever seen it without any people swimming, wading, or just "hanging out" along the shore!)

(first at 1/15 sec, other at 3 sec exposure. Any preferences?)
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There was a break in the storms just before sunset, and some amazing cloud patterns. Here are a few views of "between the storms." Which do you prefer?
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Hope you enjoyed this glimpse at another fine corner of East Tennesee!

Will be very busy with some park events and projects next few days, so not able to "stop by" here for a few days. But sure will appreciate any comments, input, or suggestions.
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Hope you enjoyed this glimpse at another fine corner of East Tennesee!

Will be very busy with some park events and projects next few days, so not able to "stop by" here for a few days. But sure will appreciate any comments, input, or suggestions.
Great series, Mole!! I'm going to have to make it a point to "come visit" sometime next year.
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Wow Mole, you don't want for waterfalls to photograph do you?

The sunsets are gorgeous! The last one is my favorite.

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Down near the foot of Holston Mountain, at the edge of the Flint Mill primitive area, is a very popular local swimming hole called Blue Hole. It's usually much too crowded for quiet photography or nature-watching. But yesterday was a cold, rainy, windy day, and no one else was there. I came mostly to help with some trash pick-up, but stayed to enjoy the waterfalls. There's a long wandering line of waterfalls down this stream, and here are some views of several, from upper to lower...

Both are beautiful, Mole but I like the second one the best, especially if you crop off about 1/4 from the bottom.
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There was a break in the storms just before sunset, and some amazing cloud patterns. Here are a few views of "between the storms." Which do you prefer?
Wow, these are great, #3,4 & 5 are standouts imho, 5 my favorite

I remember seeing Blue hole many many years ago, sure is pretty.
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I can't decide between the waterfall pictures - they just don't compare as they are so different in feeling. I think I like the "fan" of the second one better. The sunsets are all good!
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