Sunrise this morning, on the crest of the Allegheny Front — Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (October 2015)Sony a6000 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH
Thank you, ma’am.
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Ah, excellent! Such a cozy red. I love it!
Thanks! Those are blueberry bushes. 🙂
Our thoughts exactly!
The colours are really coming along here but not quite so rich yet!
This was along the edge of the Eastern Continental Divide, around 3,900+ feet of elevation. Where we live (400+ feet elevation), the colors are still thinking about whether to turn or not. 🙂
Colder nights in early autumn at that elevation would certainly trigger the changes sooner! It’s a nice mixture of trees there 🙂
Lots of different foliage up there, with a big blueberry presence (that’s the intense red). 🙂
Ah, blueberry!! I hadn’t realised that’s what it was 🙂 Must get plenty of birds in the area with that around!
Yep — blueberries, huckleberries, cranberries, wintergreen berries, and a variety of other tasty things keep the critters interested. Birds of all kinds, deer, snakes (we’ve seen only a few of them over the years), bears, and other fauna. It’s the most Western place I know of on the East Coast.
Sounds heavenly to me Mitch! Snakes fascinate me but they’re very shy creatures. I’d love to see the bears 🙂
Snakes can be shy, but not always. I have a photo somewhere of a snake striking at Cindy’s boot up in this same area several years ago. We were bushwhacking and didn’t see it as we were hiking directly over it, so it lashed out. No harm to either of us, and we never figured out what species it was. Good scare.
Another time we were camping up in this same area (it was quite dark; no lights and we were silently sitting and observing the stars from small folding chairs) and watched as a little black bear loped toward us. It came within just a few feet of the tent before continuing on to wherever it was going. That one was very cool.
I love seeing the black bears on TV nature shows 🙂 They really are adorable! The cubs are so funny to watch when they first start climbing the trees 😉 Our one venomous snake, the adder, is incredibly shy! Its bite is only really as harmful as a bee sting anyway. I do sometimes see the grass snake that lives near the rock garden in Wisley Gardens. I just have to tread so very softly to were you can see the rock that it likes to sunbathe on.
The Eastern black bears can be easily spooked (Cindy stood her ground while tent camping with one once over a package of baked danish), but the Western browns (i.e., grizzly bears) are a different beast entirely. We don’t mess with them, nor do we get close to them for any reason.
Oh I know! The closest I would want to get to a grizzly would be a good distance with at least the 500mm watching them catch salmon. Black bears are very different 🙂 The BBC did a wonderful series watching several individuals and families in live programs the other year. It was very moving as there wasn’t a lot of food around and the cubs were struggling! The scientists studying the bears had the most extraordinary relationship with some individuals 🙂
You can get close to grizzly bears, but it comes at great risk; just watch Grizzly Man for that angle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427312/).
The Western black bears are a lot more aggressive than their cousins in the East. I’ve got a shot of both; here’s the Western black bear: https://exploratorius.us/2014/06/20/film-friday-just-feet-away/
And here’s an Eastern momma, with her cubs: https://exploratorius.us/2013/11/10/need-a-new-escape-plan/
I’ve seen Grizzly Man!!! Those shots of momma bear and her cubs climbing are awesome 😀 I think the only time they’re actually really likely to attack is when they feel that you might be a threat to the cubs. Never run away from a bear or pretty much any predator really! It just activates their hunting nature. I will look up some of the BBC documentaries that I’ve seen and send you some links 🙂
Cool! We look forward to seeing them. 🙂
That is stunning 😊
Thank you kindly. We were stunned by the colors this weekend.
This image makes me want to be outside in this exact spot at the time you capture it.
Thanks! We got up at 4:00 am yesterday in order to make it to that spot before the sun came up.
Beautiful great Photo … I love autmun my favourite mounth, for colours! 😊
Thanks — it’s one of my favorite times as well!
Gorgeous how you capture the Autumn serene with the reds and amber in there.
Thank you, but it was Mother Nature at work — the colors were there for all to enjoy.
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