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Old Nov 15, 2013, 5:16 PM   #1
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Default Quick hike up Whitehouse Rocks

It's been an unusual autumn season here in East Tennessee. At first, it seemed we'd get only muted colors and quickly-falling leaves. Then, much later than usual, the hills turned suddenly bright! Perfect "excuse" for a hike in Rocky Fork Wilderness, up to Whitehouse Rocks.

First we passed one of the many small falls along Rocky Fork, and had to stop for a few quick snapshots.
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Our hike took us a bit off-trail, following up a smaller stream. Stream was alive with salamanders! Not yet sure of the species, but glad they were so patient with the nosy photographer…
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This "trail" follows some old logging roads, the streambed, and then UP the (very steep) boundary to the overlook. Got there a bit later than we'd planned (too much to enjoy along the way), and all the clouds had dissipated. Made for less interesting skies, but plenty of warm sunshine on a cool autumn day.
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A few more views of late autumn - looking from Whitehouse Rocks back into the wilderness area…
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Thought about staying for sunset, but the off-trail, downhill section could be a bit tricky in the dark. So we headed on down rather quickly by late afternoon light. Hope you enjoyed this little trip! Thanks for any comments & critique.
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Nice waterfall shots. Most of the falls in the Shenandoah National Park last week did not have much water flowing.
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Wonderful autumn color. We didn't get much this year, everything is so dry and it's been pretty warm. Nice to see your photos so I can enjoy the season through them.
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I see the autumn colors have come to you, all gone here, we had a great color season in Michigan. Nice series Mole I like the texture of the trees in the color shots and as always great water shots.
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