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forestgnome
06-06-2011, 06:59 PM
Hiked Champney Falls Trail, Middle Sister Cut-Off, Middle Sister Trail to the saddle of Mt. Blue, then bushwacked down the Steam Mill Brook drainage valley area.

Here's a view north from the old slide along the MS Cut-Off...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6830aaa.jpg




The Sisters are awesome for rhodora. many pollenators are out in force. I even had a very close encounter with a hummingbird at 3,200' while quietly watching this butterfly!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6904aaa.jpg




blueberry and billberry(?) blossoms abound as well...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6880aaa.jpg




From the junction of Carter Ledge Trail, the Middle Sister Trail see very little use...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6862aaa.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6875aaa.jpg




a nice view ledge along the trail...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6873aaa.jpg




a huge hawk cruising around the summits...( not enough time to draw the big lens )

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6886aaa.jpg

happy trails :)

Kevin, Judy and Emma
06-06-2011, 07:05 PM
always a favorite, and delivered by one of my favorite photographers!

KDT

w7xman
06-06-2011, 07:41 PM
Awesome Rhodora shots...really wanted to get up there this weekend...but there are too few days in said weekend. Thanks for taking me there! Great shots!

1HappyHiker
06-06-2011, 08:56 PM
Patrick, it almost goes without saying, but those are simply terrific photos!

By any chance, when you bushwhacked down the Steam Mill Brook Valley, did you take a side trip over to that tiny body of water named Moose Pond that's located about 0.6 mile NNE of Mt. Blue? It's a very cozy and picturesque spot. And, as the name implies it seems to be frequented by moose! I didn't spot any actual moose when I was there, but there's a lot of moose poop at that location and the surrounding area!

forestgnome
06-06-2011, 09:39 PM
Thanks all...John, no, I intended to visit the Moose Pond and I remember your last photos from last year which were very nice. But I tend to wander around, easily distracted by sights and sounds that catch my interest, and next thing I knew I realized I was well below the pond and decided to just keep going. It's a very pretty area.

happy trails :)