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Old Oct 18, 2010, 6:02 AM   #1
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Had some time this past weekend to visit some of the high country in nearby Greene County Tennessee.

Autumn colors were just about at a peak, and clear bright skies were perfect for enjoying them!
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 6:03 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, the clear skies also made the air pollution problem over nearby Greeneville more obvious...
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Our blooming season is about over, but we did spot some Milkworts still in bloom.
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Also was very glad to see a thriving group of Rock Harlequins. This plant is on our state endangered species list, but seems to be surviving well in the harsh rocky places.
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Lichens also thrive on these dry rocky outcrops, but ferns have a hard time finding the moisture they need.
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But just below the ridgeline, the trail enters a MUCH moister forest, almost tropical in its lushness...
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Our dogs scared away most of the wildlife, but this toad was pretty sluggish. Judging from all the dust & dirt on him, he was already trying out his winter hibernaculum, and just came out for a bit of sun...
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My wife thought you might enjoy some ugly photos too, so here is her rendition of the man who usually hides behind the camera...
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Will be very busy with park work this week, so not able to stop by for several days. Hoping for some time by the weekend to explore more of autumn in East Tennesse. Also hoping you enjoyed these "peeks" into some fine autumnal "peaks!"

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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As always, great shots. I am finding that I am learning about the flora and fauna of your area through your photos and descriptions.

From the two that your wife took, I (we) can finally see the face? behind the name.

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