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Old Feb 8, 2011, 7:50 AM   #1
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Two recent hikes in the Tennessee mountains - a day full of sky at Roan Mt, and a day full of clouds at Sill Branch.

Roan Mt is geologically and floristically much like the Smokies, but not as well known or as well-travelled. I am scheduled to lead a hike for their Winter Rally next Saturday, so took some time to check out the trails. Did not take a lot of photos, mostly concentrating on hike plans, but here are a few views of the landscape and skies:
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Also took time to take note of some of the fine lichens on Roan's granitic rocks...
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Sill Branch is in the midst of a wilderness area of Cherokee National Forest. Here the rocks are mostly sandstone - like many that Harriet/MtnGal has been showing us from out west. But the climate here is close to a rain forest, so the rocks are a bit more mossy, "lichen-y" or even tree covered!
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Sill Branch itself is a typical East TN mt stream, full of small riffles and splashes.

(which of these views do you prefer?)
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In a month or two, the Sill Branch watershed will be bursting with spring wildflowers. We found a few already sprouting (Toothwort and Hepatica), but of course no blooms yet...
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The big attraction here this time of year are the waterfalls. We only had time to hike up to Sill Branch Falls this time, but hope to get to Upper Sill Branch Falls, and also Buckeye Falls, on our next trip.
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Will be busy with school groups and trail repairs rest of this week, but hope to be able to share a few more Roan Mt photos from the coming weekend soon. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by for the Winter Naturalist Rally, to see all of this winter beauty "in person!"

Hope you enjoyed these hikes, and that you will share some comments & critique!
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Those waterfalls are soo gorgeous! Can't get enough of those
Nice captures indeed; those backlit scenes can be a pain..
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Sill Branch itself is a typical East TN mt stream, full of small riffles and splashes.

(which of these views do you prefer?)
I like them all but upper right best, On the rest I like the rich colors and contrasts, The high cloud shots are neat also, looks like you use your tripod a lot, something I need to start doing, mine stays in the basement until I shot some group shots

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Beautiful photos Mole. I must confess I'm a bit envious of your landscapes, which are pretty much free of snow!
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