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Old Jan 10, 2015, 8:21 PM   #1
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Default Birchcamp Prong at 24-35 mm

Took a little 7 mile hike up Lower Higgins Creek and Birchcamp Prong recently. Just for fun, decided to stick with just one lens for this trip (although there were plenty more in the pack, just in case). So these are all taken with the M 24-35.

Lower Higgins and Birchcamp are both rich green streams in Rocky Fork Wilderness. Here's a typical early winter view of Lower Higgins Creek.
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Old Jan 10, 2015, 8:21 PM   #2
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Lower Higgins' watershed is carpeted with boulders and moss...
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There's a 100 foot high waterfall about a mile from the Lower Higgins Creek trailhead. Here's a view of the falls from the edge of the trail.
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And here's how the water fall looks after climbing on down...
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The damp habitat is perfect for fungi, like these old, almost-emptied puffballs...
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Old Jan 10, 2015, 8:24 PM   #6
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Birchcamp Prong is a smaller stream, feeding into Lower Higgins Creek. It's full of "mini-waterfalls," like these two.
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The name "birchcamp" comes from the abundant birch trees, and from the logging camp once located near this stream.
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There's even an old logging truck near the upper reaches of the Prong.
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Some small bird (probably a Phoebe) has taken advantage of the shelter inside the truck!
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There's also a small lake at the upper end of Birchcamp prong. By the time we got there, thick fog had pretty much obscured any view of the lake and surrounding hills. (Will have to come back and photograph those views on a clearer day...)
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