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Old Sep 8, 2011, 5:48 PM   #1
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Default A test at Roan Mountain

Needed to head up to Roan Mt a few days ago - will be leading a guided hike there this weekend, and wanted to check the trail for safety and for any changes/new features since my last visit. Also, recently purchased a new (used) lens, and wanted to give it a good testing. So I kept that lens on the camera all day. See if you can guess which lens it is (without checking the exif data...)
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Old Sep 8, 2011, 5:50 PM   #2
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Started the day down at Roan Mountain State Park, which is a great park located part-way up the mountain. Deer here are as tame as at the home park...
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Headed on up the Raven Rock trail - a nice little loop in the park that goes through some fine wet woodlands...
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Despite a rather dry late summer, Raven Rock woodlands have stayed wet enough to support an amazing diversity of fungi. (That last one is tiny - cap is smaller than a pencil eraser).
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Was surprised to see some autumnal tints already. Here are Wild Blueberry, Serviceberry and some Red Maples showing off their fall finery!
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After completing this trail inspection, we headed on up to the Highlands of the Roan to take a little stroll along the Appalachian Trail. Plenty of rain lately made for some soggy, fun hiking!
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Most of the trail is out on the open balds, but a little stretch goes through a lush spruce-fir forest - a little slice of our East Tennessee temperate rain forests.
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Mountain Ash berries are ripe at the edges of the balds - much to the delight of the small birds!
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And lush patches of ferns punctuate the grassy meadows...
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Was most pleased with trail conditions - trails are all safe and clear, and hold much to share with the hikers this weekend. Was also pleased with the new lens - and hope you are pleased with the results.

Thanks for any comments, suggestions & critique

PS - did you guess the lens without checking exif?
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