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Old Oct 23, 2013, 7:56 PM   #1
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Default Rocky Fork Autumn

It's been a less-than-bright autumn so far here in the lower elevations of East Tennessee. So we decided to "head to the higher hills" of Rocky Fork Wilderness from some brighter autumnal views. Took the Sarvis Cove Trail out of Horse Creek, passing many leafy pools along the way.
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 7:57 PM   #2
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It's a lush wet country, even at this dry season.
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 7:58 PM   #3
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Mountain Ash berries are at peak ripeness, as was this "chicken of the woods" fungus.
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Despite a few light frosts, there were still a few late-season Thistle and Aster blooms, a big attraction to the late-season butterflies (Monarch, Pipevine Swallowtail and Meadow Frittilary).
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Witch's Hobble (one of our native viburnums) was showing its subtle autumn colors.
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And Cinnamon Ferns were getting quite "cinnamon-y" in tint!
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After about 6 miles of steady uphill hiking, we got to the best overlook at Rocky Fork - Buzzard Rock. This limestone outcropping offers a clear view of much of the 10,000 acres of wilderness.
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Because time was short, we took the old service road for the return trip. Same distance, but much faster walking. And the hike back down was quick and uneventful, with just one brief stop another small overlook... Hope you enjoyed the hike, and thanks in advance for any comments and critique!
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Always sensations pictures. Look forward to your posts.
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Ditto, those are great photographs.
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