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Old Apr 6, 2010, 1:55 PM   #11
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Mole, I don't know where to begin... just so many great and beautiful pictures as always! Really liked the Christmas fern, brilliant! Well done!

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Old Apr 6, 2010, 2:52 PM   #12
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Well, That was a nice change of pace for you Mole.
I love the sandstone Pix! Looks like a great place to explore.
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 5:37 AM   #13
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Patty - Thanks for your kind words!

Gary - Thanks! Fiddleheads sure are fascinating! PS - hope you enjoyed your TN trip, and sorry we did not get together. Looking forward to seeing some of your Smokies photos!

Ned - So glad you enjoyed these views of the southern plateau!

GW - There are many great places along the Cumberland Plateau - some of our region's oldest forests, largest forested areas, and biggest waterfalls, as well as the fascinating geology. Maybe another roadtrip??
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These are exceptional as always, Mole. I was particularly interested in the portion of the Cumberland Trail that passes through the fractured sandstone. It looked like the opening may have been created by a dike of basalt or some other igneous rock. (The steps look very much like basalt, though I'm guessing they are wooden timbers, as it would be a monumental job to chisel those steps out of rock.) I was also interested to see that the paint blaze is identical to those used to mark the Appalachian Trail. Is the Cumberland Trail part of the AT?

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wow your good. what lenses did you lose and what time of day?
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Beautiful Mol! Love that part of the country.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 5:33 AM   #17
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Mtnman - You are correct that those are wooden steps. I am definitely not a geologist, but have not seen any evidence of basalt on the plateau. Not sure of the process that created those "stone doors," but there are several of them along the trail. Cumberland Trail does not (as far as I know) intersect with the AT. It is still under development, but will eventually be 300 miles of great back country hiking. Here is their website: http://www.cumberlandtrail.org/

Bowenp - Thanks so much - not really so good, just blessed to live in a very beautiful region! Photos taken with Pentax K-M (same as Pentax K2000). Used 2 lenses this day - DA 16-45 for scenes, Sigma 105 macro for close ups. Our hike lasted for the better part of the day, so photos were taken at various times from morning through mid afternoon.

BigDawg - Thanks! Yes, the Cumberland Plateau is an amazing region!
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