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Old Feb 15, 2010, 7:08 AM   #1
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Had some time Saturday to head up to Pond Mt Wilderness Area in Cherokee National Forest. It's a fine wild place, rich in wildlife and scenery (also great for spring wildflowers, but not this early!!). Roads were less than perfectly clear, but not too bad for mt roads.

It was indeed a cold, cloudy day full of flurries - a perfect time for icicles!
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Some of the most tender-looking plants are the toughest. These little polypody ferns were abundant, green, and actually shedding spores in the midst of the snow and cold!
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An unmarked side trail off the Appalachian trail leads to Potato Top. It is a potato-shaped rocky knob, with good views across the wilderness area. I posted one view for the February competition, of 5 photos stitched together. Here's another view, of 4 stitched photos:
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The best-known attraction of this wilderness area is Laurel Falls. It's a massive wide falls, over 50' high. Saturday was the most flow I've ever seen at the falls - we've had plenty of precipitation this winter! Here are two views - which do you prefer?
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Laurel Falls is on Laurel Fork Creek. The creek itself is quite lovely at any season.
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It is colder then normal in South Florida, but nothing like that. Enjoy looking at the cold pictures more than being in it. Those look like some tough ferns.

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Since Laurel Falls was running so high, we decided to visit nearby Coon Den Falls. It's about the same height as Laurel Falls, but much narrower, and fed by a much smaller stream.
The stream itself was very icy on Saturday - full of amazing ice formations:
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Ice made it difficult to approach the falls, but when we got there, we found the falls almost entirely frozen. Here are a few different views of frozen Coon Den Falls (any preferences?):
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We had a slippery, fast hike back and a safe return to a (warm!) home. Hope you enjoyed the wilderness area, and that your winter hikes are safe ones too!

Thanks for any comments/critique!
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Ed - thanks for the kind comments - you are too quick for me! I was still posting when you responded!!
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