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Rainy Day at Laurel Run
Lens: Vivitar 24-60 Camera: K 5 Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 12-24-2015, 03:12 PM

Laurel Run is a county park in rural Hawkins County TN. Fine little park, with a great trail connecting to adjoining Bays Mountain park. Enjoyed hiking in the rain from Laurel Run into Bays Mt and back (a 7 mile loop) recently. Just for fun, stuck to just one lens - a Vivitar 24-70.

Recent rains helped fill the small falls along Laurel Run, appropriately named Laurel Run Falls. The cheap old lens did a nice job here…






It's easy to get close to Laurel Run Falls - it's right next to the trail, and less than a mile from the trailhead. Kiner Creek Falls is a bit less accessible - further up the trail, and it takes some off-trail scrambling to get a clear view.




Here's the view from behind the falls...




Did not even notice how much water was on the filter until I saw the results on this photo…




The trail goes on up to drier ridges - where the leafless oaks were full of galls. These "oak apples" are home to larval Cynipid wasps.




And these woods are also home to a wide diversity of tree species - including plenty of beeches…



Rain got heavier, camera went back into the pack for the long downhill return trip. Hope you enjoyed the images of the hike as much as I enjoyed hiking here...
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The water looks like light in these photos, wonderful.
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Love these waterfall shots
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Nothing wrong with that lens or with the photographer who uses it either. Love those falls.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jacquot Quote
The water looks like light in these photos, wonderful.
We are so blessed with abundant water here in the East Tennessee hills!


QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
Love these waterfall shots
Thanks!!


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Nothing wrong with that lens or with the photographer who uses it either. Love those falls.
It's a bit difficult (for my old eyes) to manual focus this lens accurately - has a rather short focus throw. But results are always fine, when I don't miss focus...
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Third shot - spectacular!
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That is a very good series! Thanks for posting.
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