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Old 04-09-2007, 02:58 PM   #29
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Make sure you get up to Clingman's Dome - the view is spectacular!. . .

On a February drive across the park several years ago, Clingman's Dome had become a crystal wonderland. Every surface, every needle of every tree was thickly encrusted with a glittering frosty rime. I've never seen anything to compare. I'm sure the frost was soon gone, an ephemeral delight that I still cannot believe we were lucky enough to see. The Smokies are so beautiful at any time of year. This thread is making me want to plan a return trip soon. ~G
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:09 PM   #30
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Ahh Cool Air

Here is a shot of the single reason we went to Smokies National Park. July in MS can get rather uncomfortable. Taken about 2:00pm July 7th at Clingmans Dome, it was in the 90's in Piegon Forge
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Old 04-09-2007, 05:16 PM   #31
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Wow we are getting psyched, we've not been to Clingman's Dome just yet, but will be going there this trip! Going to try some new waterfall hikes too!
This was the old standby, Laurel Falls, the whole trail is paved so we pushed the baby up in the stroller Now that he's a big boy we're going to see about a longer trail!
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:35 PM   #32
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I have never been up to this resort, but I have heard alot about it. Check out the link
LeConte Lodge
Accessible on foot only, its a great hike. There are a handful of trails leading to it of varying length and difficulty. I haven't been since 2000 and I'm not sure my knees could handle the Alum Cave Trail anymore. The scenery is well worth the effort.
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:55 PM   #33
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Hey Dacia,

Ever catch a red cockaided woodpecker on film?

Just wonderin as they are endangered and all.

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Old 04-09-2007, 09:07 PM   #34
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No Steve, can't say that I have. Have you? It would be cool . . .

Actually, I wasn't sure I'd heard of such a bird, so I had to check the web. Guess I learned something today ~ thanks!
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:34 PM   #35
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. . Did you know that the Wood Duck and the Pileated Woodpecker have a simbiotic relationship? The wood pecker created the holes in the trees for the ducks to nest in. .
For several years I have been trying to cross a Pileated Woodpecker with a Wood Duck. . . alas with no success.

Does anyone know a sure-fire, garanteed method? I have tried penning them up together, but the males always end up fighting.

Also, does anyone know what the ultimate outcome would be? I'm hoping for a bird with a long sharp bill and webbed feet, not the other way around. I want a bird that can carve out it's own nest, and still be able to float. Also, looks are important. I want it to have the face of a Wood Duck, with a bright red crest like a woodpecker

And I don't want it to look to much like a Kingfisher, we have those already.

If you have pictures, that would help a lot. Then I could probably get a grant from the DNR.
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BTW - If you decide to go to Clingman's - take a windbreaker and a sweater - the day we backpacked it, I would have paid BIG money for that 55 degree reading - we went in August and it was 38! Still worth every step though!
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Speaking of Clingman's Dome, the Smokies, and photographing wildlife, get a load of this . . .
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This wild turkey was wandering around the parking area at Clingman's Dome this past Friday. If I'm not mistaken, Clingman's is about 2500 feet above the turkey's natural habitat. A case of the accidently misplaced or a strange side affect of global warming? Feeding wildlife is illegal in the park, so I have a hard time believing there is a food payoff in this area for the gobbler hen.

For a brief second I thought maybe 2air had lost his bird. Anyone who has seen his "turkey decoy ornament" will know what I'm talking about.
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