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Old Jan 15, 2010, 4:15 PM   #1
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Default Frozen Waterfalls & Views

Have been gone for almost a week, leading some hikes in the Smokies for a special event called Wilderness Wildlife Week.
Could not take many photos - hike leaders need to pay attention to the hikers and the "trail teaching." But was able to take a few shots here and there along the way.
Led three different hikes, for a total of about 40 miles. Most of the days were cold and snowy, as you can see from this trail sign.
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There were many great views from the high places - especially from Chestnut Tops and Rich Mountain (Cove Mt was socked in with frozen fog!)
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Of course, hikes in the Smokies mean history as well as nature discovery. We passed a number of old cemeteries, homesites, stone fences, etc. Again, not much chance to take time to photograph, but here's one view of the John Oliver home in Cades Cove.
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Laurel Falls was mostly frozen (temperatures around 10-15 degrees F), but still crowded with many (cold) tourists!
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One hike included a side trip to White Oaks Sinks - a unique "geologic windown" in the park. There's a little waterfall here that flows into a cave. When the light is just right, you can see a bit of a rainbow in it. (Having a hard time deciding which of these views I like best - what do you think?)
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Still plenty of unpacking to do (and still lots of trail work waiting for me here at the park), but it sure was a fun week! Hope you enjoy the few shots I was able to share...

As always, glad for any critique/comments.
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That's some really nice stuff.
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Hi Mole,
As always fantastic captures. Thanks for shareing.
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great shots - love waterfalls and frozen ones are even better
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Stunning Mole! simply stunning.
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