Monday, January 2, 2012

A Hike in the Highlands

View from the Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee  © Doug Hickok
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Appalachian Trail and Chain of Balds, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

View from Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Dried Grasses, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Mountain Ash, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Birch Grove, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Spruce-Fir Forest, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Star Moss with Snow, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina 
 © Doug Hickok
 Trail through Spruce-Fir Forest, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok
Snow, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Becky hiking Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, Tennessee/North Carolina  © Doug Hickok
Plank Bridge, Appalachian Trail, Roan Highlands, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok


Last fall we took a hike along part of the Appalachian Trail. We began on a high ridge, a treeless Appalachian bald, with 360 degree views of the Roan Highlands. As we progressed up a mountain side, through a spruce-fir forest, we hiked through a wonderland of snow.

The beautiful scenery and silence along this section of trail was invigorating, giving us the feeling that we could go on forever.
We enjoyed this hike so much that we want to return again another season.

28 comments:

  1. I would go to hike there in a New York minute, Doug. It makes you realize why this is such a famous trail! GORGEOUS images. I want to go with you!

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  2. Excellent photos from beautiful trail.

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  3. I like walks in the mountains and this is a wonderful, inviting, series of photos. Doug. It is for every seaaon and I can't really tell which I like most!

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  4. thank you for bringing us along on this wonderful hike. talk about 'purple mountain majesty'.

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  5. Beautiful serie! Thanks to share this walk in the forest!
    Have a nice day.

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  6. What a beautiful series Doug--I so wish I could have joined you guys on this one. Stunningly beautiful.

    Cheers!

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  7. Very nice pictures!
    Happy New Year! :)

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  8. Wow! Some fine images here, a bit of everything.

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  9. Awesome, I have always wanted to hike this trail.

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  10. beautiful colors and mood, great shots, each of them could make a perfect standalone post

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  11. First of all Happy New Year!
    I have been neglecting blogging for some time, enjoying Chistmas season, time to be back:)

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  12. what a humdinger of a collection, doug !!!
    and what a new year's present for me - more than a dozen appalachian images, large and small, panoramic and closeup - what more could i wish ?!?
    what a terrific hike it must have been ...

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  13. Beautiful captures, really nice of you to share with us!

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  14. superb series!! some wonderful light

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  15. Wau, one hike with these view and snow. Great.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  16. Aw, behind every great woman there's a great man.
    And you just proved it right, D!

    Oh man, oops, I mean "oh woman".
    I need to join the Suffragetes' Club!
    Are you in?

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  17. beautiful light and vibrant colors!!!!

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  18. Love those spruce shots, especially the bare tree trunks...

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  19. beautiful series without the hand of man apparent here

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  20. This is the place that you must come back some day.
    I like it.

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  21. the smell of nature is present in this series of shots for a place to get lost and find

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  22. magnifiques couleurs dans cette belle série.

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  23. thanks for that amazing trip
    and excellent pictures!!!

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  24. the view up there's just lovely.. nice shots! :)

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  25. Beautiful!
    I am speechless.
    I would like to go hike there!

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