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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:13 AM   #1
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Default Rainy day at Buffalo Mt

Yesterday a day off, and planned a long hike out at Rocky Fork. But forecast was for heavy rain & thunderstorms - not a good combination for a wilderness area. So we headed on down to a nearby city park at Buffalo Mt - easy trails and lots of quick ways back down, just in case the storms got bad. Just for fun, I only brought one lens - my old Super Takumar 28mm.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:14 AM   #2
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View are usually great at White Rock - the puppies and I had great views of the fog & storm moving across the valley!
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:16 AM   #3
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There was a major forest fire at Buffalo about 2 years ago, and the damage is still quite evident. Much of the organic matter in the soil was burned away, leaving very thin soils and plants very sensitive to dry spells. Despite yesterday's storms, we have had a very dry few weeks, and it was quite evident in the vegetation.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:17 AM   #4
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But the lichens and mosses are always quick to soak up any rain, and recover quickly from any dry spell.
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Not a lot of wildlife out & active in the heavy downpours - but this fat little toad did pose nicely...
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:19 AM   #6
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All in all, a fun day to enjoy an East Tennessee rainstorm! Hope to return on a drier day, to take in the sunny views, and have drier feet as well...
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Another nice series Mole, looks like that old Super Tak is in fine fettle and capable hands.

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That 28 can focus that close !? You must have been shoving it up the poor toad's nostrils !

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Good job, Mole!
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I always enjoy your series, Mole. They always convey a wonderful cool peaceful outlook. The mountain mist and puddle along the trail is very welcome here - especially when its 115 and as you walk out the door, you are hit with the blast furnace of the hot desert breeze.

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