|Great Blue Heron on the Clinch River|
|Water Snake beside the Little River in Townsend Tennessee|
We also saw one magnificent creature we don't see in New Hampshire:
|Elk in Great Smoky Mountain National Park|
The young bucks were licking their chops over the females, and then showing off their strength while the females feigned interest.
|Practicing their fighting for when they're ready to take on the head buck|
Similar trees in the southern Appalachians include oaks and maples, and they are not that far behind the northeast in turning color.
|Foliage is near peak in the Smokies|
One species we don't have in New Hampshire is the hickory tree, and on one of our hikes we found many hickory nuts on the ground, providing food for deer, bears, and many other animals.
|Peanut Hickory nut|
There are far fewer coniferous trees here, so the hills tend to be more uniform in color, even though the colors are more muted than in New England.
|Newfound Gap Road|
Hiking on the Smoky Mountains, one sees many sights that could be found right in New Hampshire including beautifully clear mountain streams.
|Stream crossing on the trail up to the Chimney Tops|
We also get cool foggy mornings in New England, but not quite like the appearance that gives these Smoky Mountains their trademark name.
|Morning at Cades Cove, Tennessee|