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Old Oct 15, 2011, 8:55 PM   #1
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Default Mostly Fall Foliage

Autumn's brightest colors are swiftly fleeing the East Tennessee hills. A prolonged dry spell, and then some very rainy, blustery days made our fall color season a bit briefer than usual. There's still plenty of later-season color to come, but most of the brightest early leaves are now carpeting the forest floor.

Here are a few glimpses of what is rapidly fading from the higher country.
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 8:57 PM   #2
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That first photo is from Greene County, in the Camp Creek Bald/Viking Mt area. Here are a few more foliage shots from the same region...
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And some detail shots - Maples and Blueberries - also from the Camp Creek/Viking Mt area...
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Bullen Hollow is also in nearby Greene County Tennessee. Despite the name "hollow," the Bullen Hollow trail is one of the few trails in Sampson Mt Wilderness that follows a ridgeline (most are down in the creek bottoms). It's a good steep climb, with many chances to view the autumnal tints...
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Fall colors here also make a nice "backdrop" for the autumnal details, like this recently-molted grouse feather, and this green shield bug (a "non-stinky" cousin of the stinkbug).
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Not sure if this vulture was enjoying the fall colors at Bullen Hollow, but he was enjoying the autumn sunshine!
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 9:13 PM   #7
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Just a few autumnal foliage shots from Flint Rock up on Holston Mt (at the edge of Sullivan and Carter counties). Here are some fine bright Serviceberry leaves, and some very faded Cinnamon fern.
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And a few foliage details - Sourwood (wonder what was eating just the vein areas?) and Viburnum.
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Of course, autumn in the East Tennessee mountains is not just foliage!
There are still a few late-season blooms, like these Gentians and Prenanthes.
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Many of the ferns are still lush & green, despite the autumn chill.
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