I probably should point out which is which. Big Tom is in the right foreground, with Balsam Cone in the middle and Cattail Peak beyond that. In the far left background behind Cattail Peak is Potato Hill. These are as viewed from the summit of Mount Craig.
Yeah, it's in the Great Dismal Swamp. It's one of many which were used during the logging days of years past. Today, these are occasionally used by park staff and researchers for swamp access. Hikers should remain on the ditch trails so as not to get lost in the swamp, which has happened a few times to some of the curious. Not all the bridges are in the best of shape, as they have been left to the elements. Oh yeah, I saw a couple black bears crossing Williamson Ditch while I was on my way back to the trailhead. To point out where these locations are, Williamson Ditch runs east from Jericho Ditch just to the north of where that point for the bridge is on the map. The Jericho Ditch Trailhead is on the other side of that point where a five points intersection is located. The other photo I just posted, the one of East Ditch, is the longest trail in Great Dismal Swamp at eleven miles. It runs from the northern portion of the swamp south to Lake Drummond.
The work on the McIntyre Blast Furnace is part of a restoration venture given through a grant by the State of New York for the Tahawus Tract historic preservation project.
Great stuff, as usual!
Makes me long for a road trip!
I like your Photo's and your blog Jeane, very interesting to read but far away from Germany :-)
Greetings from Bonn
This view of the Hudson River is just east of its official source at Henderson Lake, a short walk north from the Upper Works Trailhead at Adirondac Village (Tahawus).
As a reference to the McIntyre Range behind Mount Colden (as viewed northwest from atop Mount Marcy), the tallest summit in the right center of the image is Algonquin Peak...the second highest point in New York State. The two mountains from left to right southwest of Algonquin Peak are Mount Marshall and Iroquois Peak, and the one to the northeast is Wright Peak.
The Horace King Memorial Covered Bridge, not exactly a historic bridge as it was built in 2003. It's still nice though to see new ones being built, keeping the tradition going. This one was made in a way to be wheelchair accessible. An interesting addition. I'll have to see this one next time I visit Alabama.
In reference to the rhododendrons, yes, the best time to see them would be either the first or second week of June. I went to Mount Mitchell State Park earlier today (June 17th) and there are still some up there as well as on Mount Craig. Many of the petals are falling off though as it is past peak time. I noticed futher down the road at Craggy Gardens that most of the rhododendrons have phased out and the overall look wasn't real impressive as it was up at Rhododendron Gap in Virginia last weekend. Photos of both Mount Mitchell and Mount Craig are now posted on here. I have yet to place them on my website. Hopefully, that'll occur within the next few days.
I did take a photo from Skyline Drive at the Old Rag Overlook, but I couldn't remember which one was which when I posted them. Anyways, I also have a couple photos of the summit on my website. I didn't post them on Panoramio because they belong to someone else and were submitted to me for placing on my site. All images which are posted here on Panoramio are ones I took myself. The rhododendron photos from Grayson Highlands State Park I will be posting in the next few days. Later. ;-)