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Old Jan 6, 2012, 7:24 PM   #1
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Another quick trip to Rocky Fork Wilderness, this time to the southeast corner and out towards Blockstand Creek. Any hike and any day in this rich wild landscape is a visual feast - my poor little photos are only a dim reflection...
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Each lush stream is rich with an amazing diversity of mosses...
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Some more views of the fine little streams and mossy rocks of Rocky Fork...
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The lower (SE) corner of the Wilderness area is blessed by many small waterfalls. This one is very close to the parking area, and so probably the most often photographed...
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And a few more fine little falls...
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Of course, there's more to Rocky Fork than the rich flowing water habitats. Here are a few other random details: Wild Hydrangea seeds, Usnea lichen, and algae-coated Turkeytail fungus.
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There are no official trails at Rocky Fork yet, but there are plenty of old roads, "critter paths," and other routes through the ancient forests. Here's a typical old road which will someday become a designated trail.
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And here are some views across another old road (and across Blockstand Creek) to an un-named ridge (next time we go to Rocky Fork, we'll be trying to find a path to the top of this ridge).
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Although Rocky Fork is rich in wildlife, we didn't see any of the "critters" this time - thanks to our frisky, noisy dogs. But we did enjoy a great day in the Great Tennessee outdoors!

Hope you also enjoyed the trip, and will share your comments, suggestions & critique!
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You have the silky water mastered. Beautiful shots.
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