About Hiking Images
The trails with pictures you'll see here are mostly taken in the northern section of the Cherokee National Forest, specifically in the Unaka Mountain Wilderness area. I love to hike, and I (nearly) equally enjoy taking pictures.
So I put this site up to share...
March 20, 2011.
Doing a bit of off-trail climbing from the Rattlesnake Trail trying to reach a rocky knoll. I was cutting through some thick scrub when I saw something furry just a few steps in front of me, and when ( a second or two later) I realized it was a bear cub -- I backed up then trotted very quickly back down to the trail.
(Figuring that getting between Mom and her cubs might not be a good place for me.)
But once back on the trail I heard/smelled/saw nothing, so after catching my breath I SLOWLY made my way back up to take a picture. Keeping my eyes, nose and ears alert for any sign of mama bear. Luckily she must have been quite a ways off foraging, for I managed to quickly take a picture and scurry off before I was detected.
I spend a lot of time admiring all the plants and wildflowers. At right is a Crown Vetch, which looks like an over-sized purple clover.
Taken on May 25, 2010 along the Erwin Linear Trail.
At right is a Red-spotted Newt, a kind of salamander. They start life in water, as tadpoles, spend another year or two as these
colorful forest dwellers, before returning to the water..
Taken May 23, 2010