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    Here are some pics I took earlier this year.
    I was hiking along the Great Glen Way which runs 79 miles from Fort William to Inverness.
    This section of the path follows the Caledonia canal from Laggan to Fort Augustus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Went back up scouting because checking out a clear cut on the mountain was a high priority. They piss a lot of people off because you’re removing trees, but when they do it it triples the amount of food available to the animals, which in turn creates excellent hunting spots.Turns out the clear cut aint so clear anymore. Walked up on a small buck but didnt see anything big or old enough to merit the hike up there or the work dragging it down. A lot of activity but no evidence of big bucks, and if im gonna harvest a deer i want it to be atleast 3 years old. Anyways it was a good way to spend a sunday morning


    Found a squirrels hoardy hole
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    Pretty odd place for a fire ring. No campsites on the mountain and atleast a mile (as a crow flies) from any trail. Im guessing its from when they did some controlled burns or clear cutting on the mountain?

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    Acorns dropping at the perfect time before season. I counted atleast 6 different species of oaks. Not sure which ones tho lol, i just know white and red

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    Not so clear ‘clear cut’
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    Fresh droppings(just before i walked up on deer)

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    Deer trail along ridge
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    Princes pine
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    Lighter vegetation towards top of mountain

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    Didnt need anything over here but wanted to see the view of the lake

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    The descent down. Much less thick than the way up lol
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    Great pics!
    The green nut looks like a Hickory Nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    That makes sense, alot of the people here have roots in scotland. This is Virginia, on the other side of that range in the distance is west virginia.
    Sounds like the Appalachian Mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsj View Post
    Great pics!
    The green nut looks like a Hickory Nut.
    Good catch! Uploaded the wrong pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsj View Post
    Sounds like the Appalachian Mountains.
    Yep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by illearth67 View Post
    Yes I can understand why Scots settlers would want to live there.
    I've been watching a History channel series on the American Civil War and lots of the battles happened in Virginia and ofc the Confederate capital was Richmond.
    Your very lucky to be able to get into the countryside. The UK is a small and crowded country and it's not easy to find real wilderness areas.
    "...it's not easy to find real wilderness areas."

    That's one reason why I started this thread. There are still unspoiled areas and a world of unseen biota for all to enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsj View Post
    Sounds like the Appalachian Mountains.
    Yes I've heard of the Appalachian mountain range they're famous even here in the UK.
    Speaking of Virginia mountains, I remembered this Laurel and Hardy song lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsj View Post
    "...it's not easy to find real wilderness areas."

    That's one reason why I started this thread. There are still unspoiled areas and a world of unseen biota for all to enjoy.
    I very much agree. It's good for a person's mental and physical health to get out and about in the wilds.
    It's a sad fact that there are millions of people living in the UK's inner cities who never get to experience these wonderful places.
    I consider myself very lucky to live in Scotland because we still have large wilderness areas where a person can go for days without seeing another soul.
    In my younger days I was a very keen on hiking, camping and cycling. Unfortunately, I don't have the spare time to travel as much these days but I still manage the occasional weekend.
    I'll be sure to post pics of the places I visit so you guys can see the variety of landscapes we have here.

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    Found these yesterday while scouting for deer.

    WINTERBERRY (llex verticillata)





    SPINDLE-SHAPED YELLOW WORM CORAL (Clavulinopsis fusiformis)





    CERIOPORUS MOLLIS

    This sci-fi fungi develops several structural forms which depend on the substrate upon which it grows.





    There’s a strange micro-world within crust fungi.










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    Very cool. Are you in the midwest, mpsj?

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    If i had to guess i would say ohio or northern arkansas or alabama. Am probably way off tho

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