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Old Aug 24, 2012, 8:21 PM   #1
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Default Quick hike up Unaka Mountain

Unaka means "white with fog" or something close to that. And Unaka Mountain wilderness area is often quite rich with fog and damp. This wilderness area is also rich with discovery, and with some very scenic views. Took a recent quick hike up the Limestone Cove Trail to Stamping Ground Ridge. Dogs were in a frisky mood, so not too many photo stops. But here's a typical scene of the rich green forest on the way up the mountain.
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 8:24 PM   #2
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Lush, damp, foggy mountain slopes are perfect for fungus. Here is some turkeytail fungus on a decaying log, and a tiny gilled fungus (not sure which species) just sprouting amidst the abundant ferns:
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Foggy mountaintops and steep slopes mean many small springs and seeps. Here are two views of a "mini-waterfall" along one of those mountain springs (any preference among these two views?)
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 8:29 PM   #4
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The views from Stamping Ground Ridge were definitely "white with fog..."
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Some Yellow Fringed Orchid was still blooming up at the top of Unaka. It's cool here on the heights, so many species bloom a bit later... (any preference between these "poses?")
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After a quick descent (dogs were in a hurry to get their snacks which I had left in the truck), we had enough time to go visit Red Fork Falls. It's the largest of many waterfalls draining Unaka Mountain, and a short, but rather steep and slippery hike. Here are several views (mostly taken with the M 24-35) - which one do you prefer?
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This was just a brief sampling of the richness of this fine wilderness area. Hope you enjoyed the walk, and will share your comments & critique!
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Wow you've been busy lately!

I run out of compliments without sounding too redundant! :-D

Keep em' coming
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NMR - Thanks so much - I am blessed to have many opportunities to be "out on the trail," sometimes for work, more often on personal time. Have several more sets of photos from other recent trips, but no time to PP or post yet...
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The last shot of the falls is my favorite. You never seem to miss getting the perfect shutter speed f stop combo to render a pleasant milky flow to the water.

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