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Old Sep 3, 2010, 3:54 PM   #1
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Default Holston Mt at summer's end

Had a chance for a fine little hike with friends & family up on Holston Mt recently - from the fire tower out to Flint Rock & back.
It's a great little 6 mile hike along the ridgeline at any time of year, but especially nice & cool when it's hot in the lower country!
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 3:56 PM   #2
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Holston Mt is rich & diverse year-round - full of rare wildflowers in spring, and full of unusual fungi in the fall.
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Holston Mt is also rich in views - both the grand scale and the tiny details (view from Flint rock, lichens at Flint rock...)
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And there are still many & varied unique green plants thriving on Holston Mt!
Here are Prenanthes (with a "friend"), Richweed, Sabatia and White Aster.
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And a few more Holston Mt plants - Woodfern, Wild Sunflower, and Wild False Hellebore (would especially apprecaite opinions on this last one - do you like the mood of the light play on this one?)
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As usual, a beautiful series. It reminds to look around at the little things when I'm hiking.
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Late summer in these mountains also means many & varied butterflies. Here are a Monarch, a Viceroy (monarch mimic), and a Skipper (not sure which species).
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And a few views of one of the smaller fritillaries - Variegated Fritillary - enjoying some Wild Sunflower nectar...
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One more "parting shot" from our hike - a little clue that Autumn is coming, and that it might be a bright one this year!

Hope you enjoyed this little hike, and thanks for any comments, suggestions & critique!
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Very nice as always Mole. I'm impressed by your choice of the right apertures to get the main objects in perfect focus while throwing the backgrounds into a beautiful blur. What's your secret...DOF Preview or do you simply have the magic touch???

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