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Old Oct 15, 2010, 5:46 AM   #1
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Our very dry summer means some drought-stressed trees, and so less than usual brightness of autumnal tints. And recent very windy, somewhat showery days means that the leaves are already falling fast!
So I've been trying to capture a few autumnal scenes here in East Tennessee, before the "autumn show" is gone for another year.

Here's how fall is looking here at our park lake:
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Here are a few details of the sugar maple leaves, already falling and filling the streams and ponds.
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There are still plenty of autumnal "bugs" around (although this morning's light frost may change that!).
Mantids are still active in the sunny fall fields.
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Still plenty of Monarchs passing through (on their way to Mexico!)
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And the Autumn Meadowhawks and Shadow Darners are still actively hunting small insects along the pond shores.
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Despite the dry summer, some of our region's waterfalls are still flowing well. And the fallen leaves make a lovely path to the water. Here are two of the falls over at Blue Hole.
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Just up Panhandle Road from Blue Hole is the trail to Holston Mountain fire tower - a great place for views at any season. Here's how it looked up on the mountain yesterday afternoon.
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And here's how it looked down here in the valley at sunrise.
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Forecast is for more wind, and more clear skies next few days. So am planning a few more hikes to see this bright autumn while it lasts!

Hope you enjoyed this little wander, and will share your comments & critique!
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Wow as usual!
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