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Old Oct 10, 2013, 9:40 PM   #1
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Default Dawn on Holston Mountain

With days getting shorter, sun rising later, it's a bit easier to get out and up in the mountains to enjoy the sunrise. So we planned a hike on up to the fire tower at Holston Mt recently, to enjoy the sunrise, and then a good long ramble along the crest of the mountain (and also to test out and break in a new pair of hiking boots!)
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Plenty of fog in the valleys, but our hike took us well above the fog. Also plenty of breeze up on the tower - was glad for a sturdy tripod!
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A few more views of the fog flowing through the low country below us...
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Thin clouds and clear dry air made for some very bright predawn light...
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Some more views of the bright dawn...
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Rising sun quickly dissipated the fog and clouds.
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So we hiked on out to Flint Rock and beyond, enjoying the bright cool day (and the very comfortable hiking boots too!). Of course we had to stop at Flint Rock, to enjoy the view on this side of the mountain...
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And to check on the snakes' favorite sunning spot. There were only two rather small Copperheads, both very far back in the rock crevice...
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Such a great day for hiking - mostly we just covered the miles and did not pause for photos. But did stop to snap a few late-season wildflowers. Here are some Asters ("aster" means "little star") and some Gentians (with a fading NY Fern background).
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Hope you enjoyed the hike, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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