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Old Apr 22, 2012, 8:25 PM   #1
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Shared in another thread about several recent hikes across the East Tennessee high country. Already posted the "blooms & bugs," so here are some of the views...

Recent fine little 14 mile hike at Rocky Fork Wilderness, with frisky, fast-moving pups who did not want to stop for photography. But just had to stop and admire how well our recent spring rains have filled the streams!
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Old Apr 22, 2012, 8:27 PM   #2
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This is such a lush and diverse wild place, thanks of course to those who work to protect it, and also thanks to the rich soils and abundant water supply.
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The goal for this hike was some spring views at Buzzard Rock, the best overlook at Rocky Fork. Here you can glimpse nearly all the 10,000 acres of wild land, with no signs of human activity!

(can you see the wave of spring green working its way up the mountains?)
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Old Apr 22, 2012, 8:32 PM   #4
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Another recent hike on the AT at Buck Mountain - to prepare for a guided hike I'll be leading there in a few weeks. This little (just a few miles) hike leads to a fine spur trail out to Jones Falls. Here's how the falls looked on that fine drizzly day...

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Have also been out on many of our rural East Tennessee roads recently, cycling out to nearby schools to share nature education programs.

Noticed some fine green rural scenes along the way...
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I promised one bird along with all the views...

Was out at a nearby marsh recently, checking on recently-emerged dragonflies, when Mrs. Redwing Blackbird began strongly objecting to my presence! (Must have been too close to the nest.) So took just a few snapshots of her, and then carefully moved to a different corner of the marsh...
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Will again be out on the trail and also busy training summer park staff, so may not have time to stop by again for a week or so. But sure do hope you've enjoyed these views (and the bird). And thanks for taking time to comment!
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Have to say thanks again.
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Mole, the first 2 shots are going to make me get my tripod out, very very nice. I never seem to use the thing. I also like the first barn shot and Mrs. Redwing Blackbird

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I have to say, I adore your waterfall shots. I mean, all your photos are great but the waterfalls are extra special.

1/4 second with a 24mm - I assume hand held?
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