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Old Feb 22, 2011, 6:50 AM   #1
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Default Quick trip to Tremont

Was pleased to be able to help teach a class at Great Smokly Mountains Institute at Tremont this past weekend. Not much time for photography - a rather intense class - but did get up early for a short hike Saturday morning.
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Old Feb 22, 2011, 6:52 AM   #2
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Tremont is a photogenic location at any time of year, as well as a great place for learning the nature & culture of the Smokies!

After a rather rainy night, dawn broke clear and bright across Walker Valley...
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There were still plenty of ripe Bearberries on their creeping vines. Notice that each berry has two blossom ends - it takes two blooms to make one berry!
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Too early for much bloom yet, but the tiny Speedwell (AKA Veronica) plants are already blooming in many places, including here at Tremont. Note that these were taken with a Sigma 105 macro and Raynox close up lens (they are tiny flowers!!)
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Of course I had to visit Spruce Flats Falls - just a 1 mile hike from Tremont. Here are a few views from in front of the falls...
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And some side views as well...
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These are just a few samples of the incredible scenic diversity of Tremont. Sure hope you can experience it for yourself sometime soon!

Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Once again the water fall shots are great I like the exposure, adds a little mystery

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I always love your waterfall shots.
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They are all lovely I really like the close up of the water fall...in the first group...
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