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The way I understand the Smokies… November 30, 2008

Posted by Jenny in hiking, nature, Smoky Mountains, Uncategorized.
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Le Conte Creek/ photo by Scott Basford

Le Conte Creek/ photo by Scott Basford

…is not as a collection of distinct mountain peaks but as a steep-sided monolith cut by myriad rushing streams.

…Streams whose source is a droplet of water trickling through a cushion of moss at 6000 feet,

…droplets that collect, braid together, and flow over endless sequences of cascades and waterfalls, into deep pools where a trout darts into the shadows,

…streams overhung by great congregations of rhododendron, throngs of it everywhere,

…that grow between columns of giant trees, so tall that you can’t even see where the lowest branches begin,

…where birds glide among the millions of green leaves, bears pad about, and

…a person comes looking, exploring, looking.

View from the Jumpoff/ photo by Brian Stansberry

From the Jumpoff/ photo by Brian Stansberry

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