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Old Sep 15, 2012, 8:13 PM   #1
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Took a quick hike in Rocky Fork Wilderness recently - main goal being to check for some rare plants up at Wilson Knob, located right at the Unicoi County/Greene County line. No rare plants this time, but, as always, a great hike through this rich wilderness. Not much time for photos (dogs were in a frisky mood), but here are a few scenes along the way.

Thanks to a warm, moist summer, forests here remain lush and green...
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Warm and wet are perfect conditions for fungus too. First of these is called "puffballs in aspic" for obvious reasons! Not sure of the names of the others (still working on identification), but the second was TINY (as you can tell by the moss around it), and other two are both species of gilled mushrooms.
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We spotted a very healthy population of the rather uncommon Umbrella Leaf. I'm used to seeing this in the spring with its lovely little white flowers. But these had already ripened their fruits, and most of the fruit was already eaten (birds, chipmunks, etc). But even the near-empty seed stalks are a pretty sight!
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Another lovely wetland plant was in full bloom nearby. Pink Turtlehead is not native or very common here in East Tennessee. Sure was thriving at Rocky Fork!
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Wilson Knob is a small natural bald - a treeless opening in the dense forest. Because it is only a small bald, there are no clear views from the knob. But in September, it is an island of meadow flowers in the midst of the forest! Here are some Woodland Sunflowers (any preference among these compositions?)
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And here are Bumblebees at the Knob, working Purple Bergamot and Harebell.
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This was an in and out hike, and we had some time on the return trip to enjoy the many small streams that drain, and feed, the wilderness area.
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We also took time to stop at the tallest falls at Rocky Fork - Lower Higgins Creek Falls is about 100 feet high. Viewing the falls means a short, steep scramble downhill from the main trail.
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There is so much to see in this 10,000 acre wilderness. This little hike and these few little photos barely illustrate a tiny portion. Hope you enjoyed these glimpses, and that you will have a chance to experience this wild place (or the lush wild places near you) soon! Thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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