Saturday, July 31, 2010

Spruce Flat Falls

A nice, little known hike with a wonderful waterfall at the end.

Spruce Flat Falls - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Friday, July 30, 2010

More Tree Bark and Fungi

A few days of my time off were spent in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A peaceful and beautifully green (especially compared to the desert here) park once you get away from the crowds of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the main thoroughfares. It is one of about 12 of the U.S. National Parks on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Below is the first of what will probably be many photos I post from those few days in the Smokies.

BTW, two Ohio "properties" are under consideration for inclusion on UNESCO's list...a collection of locations in Dayton associated with the Wright Bros. and the early days of aviation, and Serpent Mound in Adams County, which I've still not made it to with my camera, even though it is almost right next door.

Moss and Fungi on Tree - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nature's Spirograph

All kinds of excuses for the lack of recent posting...the best of which was vacation :)

One of the many photos I took during my time off, these natural Spirograph type drawings in the dunes near the beach always fascinate me.

Nature's Spirograph - North Myrtle Beach, SC