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Old Dec 30, 2012, 7:31 PM   #1
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We've had a wetter than usual end to Autumn here in East Tennessee - a fine soggy start to the Christmas season. This encouraged us to visit several area waterfalls lately. Will post some of the photos now, and others in a few days...

A favorite local spot for waterfall watchers is Blue Hole, located low on the Carter County side of Holston Mountain. This clear, COLD mountain stream splashes over many small falls and into many small swimming holes. The main falls fills a very popular pool for summer swims.
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BobIr had asked me to post a few waterfall shots at faster shutter speeds. So here are some comparison shots of the main falls at Blue Hole. (Faster shots at 1/25 sec and 1/15 sec, slower shots both at 1.3 sec)
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Upstream are many other smaller falls. Here's one we usually just pass by, but took the time to admire today. (Last shot faster shutter speed - hope you like it Bob!)
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Our favorite of the falls at Blue Hole is just upstream of the popular swimming hole. A fine little waterfall tucked into a shady grotto - with some wonderful massive sandstone walls. Here are several views (including one fast one, just for Bob.)
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We also visited Sill Branch Falls, over in the Clark's Creek area (right on the Washington County/Unicoi County line). It's an easy hike, just a mile to the falls and one very easy unbridged creek crossing. It's also a very lush habitat at any season. (PS - do you prefer the landscape or portrait orientation of this scene?)
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There are many great hikes in the Clark's Creek area, so we usually rush on up to the falls, rush back down the trail, and head to the next trail. But this time we paused because we thought we heard another waterfall down below the creek crossing. I'm so glad that the group encouraged me to stop - we found a lovely little (maybe 10 feet high or so) waterfall that is not visible from the trail, but is very easy to get to. Here are several views.
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And here again are some fast/slow comparison shots - slower ones at 2 sec, 1/6 sec, faster at 1/15 and 1/10 sec. (PS - would really appreciate input on any or all of these fast/slow comparisons!)
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And now on to the main falls at Sill Branch. It's rare to find heavy flow at Sill Branch Falls, but even at low flow, it's a lovely mossy, rocky waterfall. Flow was not as low as usual for late autumn, but far from full flow.

Here are some detail views, and one shot of the entire "waterfall habitat."
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Sure do hope you enjoyed these wet walks, and that you will share your comments and critique.
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