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Old May 24, 2010, 6:03 AM   #1
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Default Rainy hike up Yellow Mt

Saturday started off sunny with only slight chance of rain - a perfect day to hike up into the mountains for some great views. So the dogs and I headed up to Hampton Creek Cove, to take the Overmt Trail up to Yellow Mt Gap, and then the AT over to Hump Mt (a nice, rolling 14 mile walk).
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Hampton Creek Cove is a state Natural Area, set aside as breeding habitat for some rare Warblers. We heard (did not see) the warblers, and lots of other birds too. We also saw plenty of rich green moss, and plenty of efts (immature Newts) enjoying the damp moss.
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Hampton Creek Cove is also a rich place for wildflowers. There were many fine patches of bluets, and some golden alexanders - very attractive to beetle pollinators.
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By the time we got to Yellow Mt Gap (not quite 4 miles up), the clouds were moving in quite quickly across the mountains!
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Robin's Plantain flowers were beginning to bend with the increasing wind and approaching rain...
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When the rains started, the camera went back in the pack, so I can't show you photos of the thick fog on Hump Mt, or the thoroughly muddy but very happy dogs!
Did get a few shots of the soggy trail between the heavy rains:
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The rest of the hike was great, wet fun, but no more photos (K-M is not weather sealed!). But we returned home to bright sunshine, and a fresh hatching of Question Mark butterflies (the question mark is on the underwing, so not visible in this photo).
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Lots of Hackberry Emperors just hatched too - the rain and warmth must be just right for their emergence...
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Also a recent hatching of several dragonfly species. Many dragonflies start off with more muted colors and patterns when they first hatch, and don't develop full brightness until several days later. Here are some examples of rather "pastel" dragonflies just emerged - a Lancet Clubtail, a Spangled Skimmer, and a Slaty Skimmer.
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Dogs and humans are now all back home safe, dry, and (mostly) clean of mud. Looking forward to more days of rain & sun in the Tennessee mountains!

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