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Old Mar 29, 2010, 6:01 AM   #1
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Default Still winter at Firescald Knob

Saturday was a clear bright day, perfect for a hike up to the high country. So we headed on up to Camp Creek Bald, and hiked out beyond Firescald Knob. This was mostly on the Appalachian Trail, with a few connecting and side trails in nearby Cherokee National Forest, and all on the Tennessee/North Carolina border in Greene County TN.

It was definitely not springtime up on the ridge - nothing blooming at these elevelations, and still plenty of ice and snow on the trail.
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Much of the trail here is very rocky - it took some hard work by some dedicated volunteers to make a safe trail across these thin ridges. And it takes some careful walking to stay on the trail!!
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Much of this high country is old Yellow Birch forest - trees much twisted and broken by the high winds, but still surviving!
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And, as we had hoped, there were some fine views from the Knob - both into TN and into NC...
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Firescald area is also a great place for unique animal life. We stopped at a vernal pond back near the start of the trail at Camp Creek Bald, and noticed LOTS of Wood Frog eggs. (Will post more of this critter over at the Wildlife section of the forum)
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This area also has some unique and rare plants, so we plan to return in late spring to try to document some.

Thanks for any suggestions, comments, critique...
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And, as we had hoped, there were some fine views from the Knob - both into TN and into NC...
Hi Mole! First, thanks for all your great shots. They look very nice. With these shots in particular, just asking or thinking out loud... I notice the trees in the foreground... I wonder how those trees would possibly look with the beautiful blue mountains in background... Is it possible for you to get closer to ground and thus see more of the trees... Don't really, just a thought about a different perspective and composition... you're the one that is there with all that beauty. Thanks again for sharing these.

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Great photos! Thanks for posting, Mole-

I love the guided tours. Well done.

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All are great Mole but, the frog shot is so cool! great use of DOF.
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Only you could make a dead snag look so good . . . .
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