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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:05 PM   #1
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The USFS recently rebuilt the Pinnacle Fire Tower on Buffalo Mountain in nearby Unicoi County Tennessee. They also cleared a nicely graded almost 5 mile trail up the mountain. The trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers, and climbs through some healthy, diverse young forests.

We enjoyed a snowy, sunny hike up to the tower recently.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:06 PM   #2
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There are some nice views of Roan Mountain and Unaka Mountain even before you get to the tower.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:08 PM   #3
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But the best views are from the tower's fine wide viewing platform.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:09 PM   #4
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Here's a B&W attempt - what do you think of it?
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:10 PM   #5
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And a few closer "views" of the sunny, snowy trail.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:11 PM   #6
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Hike back down was quick and uneventful. Hope you get to enjoy this hike yourself sometime soon. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 8:30 PM   #7
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Wow what view, nicely shot. The view from the top is amazing.
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G'day mate

Thanks for sharing a part of your cold & snowy world
Yes the views are great - tho some seem to be very similar
The mono image ... hmmmm I'm not sure as the foreground has gone very dark and I'm struggling to see stuff within it

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Beautiful photos as always Mole. Really makes me want to head outside, but right now we have almost 3 feet of snow on the ground, and it's raining!
The parallel ridgelines that are prominent in several of your photos, but are most noticeable in #5, really add to the composition (and suggest some interesting geology below the surface). I also find the B&W photo to be less compelling than your color photos. Maybe boosting the contrast would help, but I'm not qualified to say. For many decades I have been a great admirer of Ansel Adams, who made many B&W landscape masterpieces. But I never succeeded with doing any interesting B&W landscape work, so I'm the wrong guy to suggest ways to improve it.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 5:34 PM   #10
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Hans - Indeed a fine view, especially on clear winter days!

Phil - You are quite right - I tried several different angles and exposures on some similar views. Also agree with your critique of the monochrome image - will keep trying...

MtnMan - Have been playing with B&W some lately, still have a lot to learn!
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