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Old Jan 25, 2010, 6:34 AM   #1
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Had some time Saturday for another little waterfall hike.
Laurel Run Park is a county-owned park in Hawkins County Tennessee. It was the location for the filming of a movie called "The River," and the land was donated to the county after the filming was complete. It's a fine little park, with one great trail that leads on up Kiner Creek and into Bays Mountain.
Here's the "old smokhouse" near the start of the trail:
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 6:35 AM   #2
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Our fine damp Autumn and Winter have been great for all kinds of fungus, and Laurel Run valley is rich in many species. Here's a nice colony of Puffballs, about all "puffed out!"
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It's hard to predict how well the falls will be running - a complexity of both surface runoff and various springs, seeps and streams work together to make the falls. But one look at the main stream on Saturday helped us look forward to some full falls!
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It was certainly worth getting wet feet and soggy pants legs to get across the creek and up to the first falls. This is the most flow I've seen in these falls in years!
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On up the trail about another mile is one of my favorite little falls. Kiner Creek flows into Laurel Run above the main falls. It's a shady mountain stream, green with Rhododendrons and (in the spring) lush with wildflowers. But the falls are usually just a happy trickle... Not this Saturday! It takes a bit of off-trail work to get to Kiner Creek Falls, but it was well worth the effort! Here are a few views from directly in front of the falls:
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And here are two side views - left and right. The first is actually two photos stitched together using Photosphere - do you think it came out OK?
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We hiked on up the mountain a few miles beyond the falls, and had then a quick return to home and some dry clothes! (dry towels for the puppies!!)

Hope you enjoyed this fine little park, and glad for any comments or critique!
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I enjoyed the guided hike. Very lovely scenery. Thanks for sharing. The stitched photo came out nice.
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OOPS! Mole is up the creek again (couldn't help myself).

As to be expected all great shots. The stitching came out great.

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Mole,

these waterfalls look incredible. I really like the dark exposure that brings out he dampness of the rocks and gives a nice dark green to the vegetation, and you handled the water beautifully, looks very pleasingly smooth.

i really enjoyed the 2nd photo of the first set for the nice line, nicely textured water and placement of the rock in foreground. the 1st photo of the 3rd set. and 2nd photo of the last set. the stitching on the 1st photo of the last set looks good.
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