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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:29 PM   #1
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Recently posted some photos from Sill Branch Falls in the Clarks Creek area of Cherokee National Forest, at the edge of Sampson Mt Wilderness. Well, there's another waterfall on up Sill Branch, called Upper Sill Branch Falls. This is a relatively short (just a few miles) but mostly off-trail hike. Uses some old paths that are fairly easy to see, but much choked with fallen trees.

Since last Saturday was "World Pentax Day," we decided to celebrate by visiting Upper Sill Branch Falls.

It's a lush wild place at any season, and this warm wet winter has made it even more so...
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Old Feb 8, 2012, 6:32 PM   #2
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Clarks Creek/Sill Branch watershed is also a rich wildlife habitat. But our frisky dogs made sure we didn't see any of the "critters" this time.

We did see plenty of wildlife signs: some fresh bear claw marks on a standing dead tree, some old Pileated Woodpecker work on a fallen tree, and a White-Lipped Forest Snail shell (snail recently eaten perhaps by a shrew) on a rotting pine log.
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The "trail" follows close to, and sometimes in, the North Fork of Sill Branch. This little stream is full of splashes and riffles. Here are a few views of one of our favorite "mini-falls." Any preference among these different perspectives?
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After several miles of climbing over and under fallen trees, wading in the shallow stream, and enjoying each other's company, we came to the falls. Upper Sill Branch waterfall is a bit higher (50 feet) than the lower (40 feet) falls, but usually less water volume. Thanks to all the recent rains, the falls were flowing quite well.

Here are five different views of Upper Sill Branch falls. Would really enjoy any feedback about which you prefer (or don't like) and why.
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Return trip was fun and uneventful (even the rhododendron seemed to be smiling at us), and left us looking forward to more hikes in this rich wilderness.

Hope you enjoyed the trip, and that you will get to visit for yourself someday!

Thanks so much for any comments & critique!
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After several miles of climbing over and under fallen trees, wading in the shallow stream, and enjoying each other's company, we came to the falls. Upper Sill Branch waterfall is a bit higher (50 feet) than the lower (40 feet) falls, but usually less water volume. Thanks to all the recent rains, the falls were flowing quite well.

Here are five different views of Upper Sill Branch falls. Would really enjoy any feedback about which you prefer (or don't like) and why.
None that I don't like but the second one in the top row stands out a bit more for me. The framing, the apparent distance/size of objects and the blur in the water all seem to work well together.

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What !? Not a single bird in this set ! *walks grumpily out of the thread*
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Very nice Mole, I agree with bluenose, something about #2, its also my favorite

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Bluenose - Thanks so much for the very helpful feedback!


Kevin - So sorry to disappoint you! But here are some nice frog pictures to make up for it:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...w-me-frog.html


Hans - Thanks for the kind words and support!
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Another delightful series Mole. I think I like the photos of the mini falls even more than the photos of the main falls, though I keep going back and forth on that question. I am especially taken with the prominent mossy boulders in the foreground of the first mini-falls photo, so that one is my favorite. The last of the main falls photo, accented by the trees, is another favorite. But as always, all your photos are excellent.
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