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Old Aug 25, 2011, 7:13 PM   #1
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Default Quick trip up Rocky Fork

Had meant to post these a week or more ago, but been too busy with end of summer projects at the park.

Puppies and I had a quick trip in Rocky Fork Wilderness recently. It was about a 10 mile hike, but still a quick trip up to Buzzard Rock - for some reason, the dogs were in the mood to run, not hike (perhaps they smelled all the Black Bears), so was only took a few quick snapshots along the way.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 7:18 PM   #2
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Have enjoyed many other hikes at Rocky Fork in recent years - it's a lovely, rich, 10,000 acre wilderness area only a short drive from home. With all the heat of late summer, the cool streams of Rocky Fork were a big attraction to hikers (human & canine)!
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Light kept changing - sun & clouds playing tag across the sky, and breezes bending the branches in new directions each moment. Look how different this scene looks, with just subtle changes in the light. (Which do you prefer?)
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Even in this driest time of the year, Rocky Fork holds enough moisture to bring forth an amazing and varied mushroom crop. Here are a few samples...
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And a few more... (PS - which "pose" of the yellow cone mushrooms do you prefer?)
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We almost always see Black Bears when we're hiking at Rocky Fork. Did not see any this time!! But did see some of their favorite food - the Purple Flowered Raspberries are just starting to ripen. They are very thin fruits, but quite tasty (for humans and for bears).
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There's still plenty in bloom at Rocky Fork, including some tiny Green Wood Orchids and plenty of White Wood Asters.
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Here as at Roan Mt, the Angelica is a "magnet" for many species of Bees. But only the Bumblebees seemed to enjoy the Wild Sunflower.
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Tiger Swallowtails preferred the Joe Pye Weed blooms, but Summer Azures were just perching on the leaves...
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Goal of this hike (besides just the pleasure of the trail) was Buzzard Rock, one of the few open overlooks in this densely wooded wilderness. It's an especially fine view in the autumn, but lovely at any season...
(That black speck in #1 is not sensor dust, just one of the Buzzards of Buzzard rock)
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