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Offline Stutroup

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Beyond the Backyard Fence
« on: July 12, 2009, 20:12 »
Who else enjoys nature?  I make it a bit of a habit sometimes to find a trail I haven't yet walked - nothing hard core or anything, just places to walk.

This time?  Mount Cheaha (CHEE-haw in Alabamian) State Park, located in the Talladega National Forest.





There weren't many animals xD  I think the other tourists scared them away!  But we did see lots of bugs ....

These guys were buzzing around us the whole time ...


But I did get to see a somewhat rare wasp :D  Well, maybe not endangered kind of rare, but I haven't seen one in years xD


Of course, there's a lot more to it than bugs and rocks!  We found a spring along the trail.  Also, lots of trees there are bent.  I have no clue if this is the case, but years ago I heard a story about Native Americans having bent trees to mark trails.  I don't have a load of bent tree pics, but one really caught my attention.





Eventually, we reached the end of the forest!


On the way home, we stopped somewhere with an unforgettable view.

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Re: Beyond the Backyard Fence
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 21:30 »
pretty. I love the bendy tree

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Re: Beyond the Backyard Fence
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 22:39 »
Nice!

There used to be a wooded area / watery spot off of Lavista Road (I think) in Atlanta, and I'd go for a long hike in there.

Helen, GA has some nice hiking areas with better views (than the in-town spot).
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Re: Beyond the Backyard Fence
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 18:41 »
My sister and I tried some new trails today!  We went to Moss Rock Preserve, which happens to be owned and run by the local homeowners' association in the adjacent subdivision.

Here's part of the trail:


For some reason, none of the pics of this little guy are very well focused D:


And these are all over the place there!


There are lots of waterfalls (small ones, but still!) there ... some more conventional, but some interesting, like this first one which runs under a rock! (It runs mro strongly after rain xD)


And these falls xD


and these .... well, sort of a cascade.


But the cascade falls from a rocky field, where we found lots of fun!




(stunted trees)


and these guys grow all over the rocks!


Also, this is the only thing most people go to the preserve to see.  It's about 15 feet high, and most people either just hang out at it, or they climb.

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Re: Beyond the Backyard Fence
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 19:26 »
That looks a lot like the man-made falls at that place off LaVista. Cool! I likey.
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