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Old Oct 31, 2011, 8:24 PM   #11
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And it was a great day for views - perfect skies and still a few late-autumn tints (mostly on the Oaks)...
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 8:28 PM   #12
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Much of the trail here goes through high-elevation balds - naturally open grassy places that are lovely in the warm sun. Both the US Forest Service and the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy are working to maintain these balds - they are home to an amazing diversity of native species...
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 8:31 PM   #13
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Some of the "backbone" of the mountains pokes out up on Little Hump. Here are a few views of the ancient rocks that underly our Appalachians...
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And some more views of the stones as backdrop for vegetation (Gentian going to seed, Blueberry autumnal tints, and a tiny fern in a rock crevice).
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 8:40 PM   #15
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We had planned to hike on up to Big Hump Mt, but ran short on time (too much dawdling to take pictures!) Hike back down was quick and uneventful, and left us eager to return. Hope you get to visit this rich, rugged, diverse landscape for yourself someday soon, and hope you enjoyed the "photo-tour!"

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Lovely shots. Really enjoy your posts.
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Old Nov 2, 2011, 8:28 PM   #17
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Pboerger - Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed the hike! Hope you get to see this amazing landscape for yourself someday...
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