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Old Dec 27, 2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Have been blessed to have plenty of family members visiting for the Christmas season, and together enjoying heading down (and up) many trails in the past week.

Roan Mt is always a favorite. We were treated to a very cold hike out to Grassy Ridge, with some snow persisting on the trail, and fog frozen to ice on the landscape.
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Mountain Ash still holds plenty of fruit, perhaps a bit difficult for birds to reach it through all the rime ice...
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And Mountain Angelica seeds were also "locked up" by the frosty coating...
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Frost reached high in the spruces - making for some "Christmas card" scenes, but little shelter for the smaller "critters."
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Frost also reached deep into the dense Blueberry thickets - but they have tough buds, and winter's cold shouldn't affect next year's berry crop.
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The sun came out during our return trip, enough to brighten the frosty landscape and low clouds...
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And the return trip was quick and uneventful - and we were very glad for a working heater in the truck!

(PS - thanks as always for any comments and critique. And "stay tuned" for some scenes from more December hikes.)
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Wonderful, frosty pictures - chilled me right down! Looks like a wonderful hike in winter.
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My goodness that looks cold - we never see anything even remotely akin to that here. Enjoyed the frosted berry/twig shots but really liked the blue sky/landscape shots - think that it might be possible to pull some more detail out of the shadows though with a selective lightening brush ?
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Harriet - glad you enjoyed the frosty hike! Just got back from another frozen hike up at Holston Mountain (frozen fog up to the treetops!), and hope to have some time to go through the photos and post them soon.

Kevin - Thanks - so glad you enjoyed these! I have been forced to use my old (somewhat defective) K-M lately - the K20D had developed a problem with the SR mechanism, and is due back from CRIS repairs next week. K-M does not have quite the dynamic range of the K20D, hence less detail in the shadows here. But I might try your PP suggestion. Thanks!
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