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 Post subject: Just messin around
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:54 pm 
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Karen and the girls wanted to go hiking Saturday. Only two stipulations, somewhere we have not been and a creek. I can do that! :D Being Memorial Day weekend I decided to stay away from the popular spots and hike in from the top to a lesser used part of the stream. It was even crowded, there were 2 other fishermen. That made 6 people, the most I've seen on this trail in 20 years. 8-) BTW, I directed one of the guys here, so maybe he'll stop in.

We managed to find some flowers on the way in.

Partridgeberry, or Twin Berry, in bloom. This is a first for me.

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Common Goldstar, or Yellow Stargrass.

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Mountain Laurel

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Galax

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Indian Pipe

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First we hiked in to a large slide falls. The girls played in the water and I did some fishing. I tried to get the girls on some trout but no luck there. I managed a very nice brown, about 10".

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Crayfish were caught

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And Salamanders

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I'm really liking the hammock for hiking, unfortunately I never got to use it this trip. It was occupied.

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Playing in the creek pic

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Couple more fish pics

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And the beady eyes of the 3' Copperhead that decided to share the trail with me at a very inopportune time. I was hiking through a field on a very narrow trail and he darts across the trail about 2 feet in front of me. I could not stop walking fast enough!

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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Looks like a great day with the family - all except the copperhead part. Nice fish too.


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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 6:28 pm 
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What a great way to spend a Saturday. With a fish bonus, too. I think you can also relax about the snake; I'm pretty sure that's a Northern Water Snake (but I'll quickly defer to someone more knowledgeable). :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:59 pm 
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cuttslam wrote:
What a great way to spend a Saturday. With a fish bonus, too. I think you can also relax about the snake; I'm pretty sure that's a Northern Water Snake (but I'll quickly defer to someone more knowledgeable). :?:



That's a definite maybe. :lol: It was farther from water than I have ever seen one, and headed away from it. It was really thick in the middle too. Bigger than most water snakes I run into. The pattern on it was closer to copperhead than watersnake. I was hoping to get a good shot of the head and eyes. Didn't quite do it. I might have shot the blasted thing but I was too busy recovering from nearly stepping on it. So, I'm not 100% on the copperhead, but I'm pretty sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
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Looking at the picture it didn't look like it had cat eyes, and normally copperheads don't move that fast, but you were there and I wasn't! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
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I'm leaning with Jason....the pattern on water snakes are usually darker and more crowded....and this one does'nt appear to have round pupils...but hard to tell from the pic.

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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:12 am 
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All I know for sure is that we wanted away from each other. And that's good. Otherwise, I'd have been after him with a 9mm. I went through my other pics, and still can't see the eye really good. All's well that ends well.


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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:42 am 
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At first glance, they are a bit confusing, but the NB Watersnake does not have a triangular head, and the stripes don't have as distinct a black edging. In general, a copperhead is more brownish, than the watersnake. As snakes go, though, both can have very striking coloration.


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 Post subject: Re: Just messin around
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:37 am 
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Jason,

Damn great pictures !!!!!

I have never seen an Indian Pipe B/4 (that I recall ) .. Maybe I don't spend enough time in the creeks and woods :mrgreen:


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