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Old Dec 17, 2011, 7:03 PM   #1
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Default Soggy December

It's been a wonderfully wet end to Autumn here in East Tennessee, with plenty of rain at the lower elevations. This makes for some fine misty sunrises...
(same scene at same time taken with 3 different lenses - it amazes me how different glass colors the scene...)
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 7:05 PM   #2
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Damp landscapes make for some fine muted tones - and great wildlife tracking as well!
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 7:08 PM   #3
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Beech trees hold onto their dead leaves well into the soggy winter. Dropping all your leaves late helps choke out the competition - Beech nuts have enough stored energy to sprout through the leaf cover, but smaller, weaker seeds of maples and such are hindered by all the beech leaf cover.
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Black Locust tree pods are also hanging on. Each winter breeze scatters a few seed pods, but others persist until the next wind. So seeds get dispersed over a longer time, in a wider range of directions...
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There's still plenty of green in the damp wintry woods. Here's some Shining Clubmoss - a very slow-growing plant that spreads by spores, not seeds. And it stays green all winter long, thanks to some natural "antifreeze" properties.
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Damp weather doesn't seem to dampen the spirits of our East Tennessee birds. Here are two of our year-round resident woodpeckers - a Downy (taken with A*300) and a Red-Bellied (taken with Adaptall 70-210 plus 2X TC)
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All the gentle rain on our East Tennessee hills has the springs running well. Noticed this old Springhouse when cycling back from visiting a nearby school recently. Here are a few different views - which do you prefer?
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As you can see from the springhouse snapshots, we do have some bright sunny December days in East Tennessee too!
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 7:23 PM   #9
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Of course, the best part of almost-winter is almost Christmas! Our park office staff did an amazing job of creating a Christmas light display for park visitors, so I will close with this wish for a fine & blessed Christmas to you & yours!!

(as always, thanks in advance for any comments, suggestions & critique)
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Another lovely set! I like the second spring house best - it really puts in context. And your holiday light display is neat - love the second shot of that series, with the interesting sunset light.
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