Tim Kiser's photos with the national forest

Hiking trail through this heathland/these heathlands of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Hiking trail through this heathland/these heathlands of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
1) This is a "heathlands" because late-19th-century clearcutting led to wildfires that burned away the topsoil.
2) This is a "hiking trail" because floodwater scours away the shrubby plants as it barrels down the hillside unimpeded.
3) This is a "wilderne…
Added on October 28, 2015

A picture of the official WILDERNESS VISITORS' ETHOS of take only pictures leave only footprints.

A picture of the official WILDERNESS VISITORS' ETHOS of take only pictures leave only footprints.
For 30 to 45 seconds I pushed my shoes more and more deeply into the mud, my grin slowly widening all the while.

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In Tucker County, West Virginia, on May 7th, 2015, on the Bear Rocks Trail (Trail 522) in the Dolly Sods Wilderness…
Added on December 23, 2015

Grows with difficulty, diagonally misshapen windblown serviceberry.

Grows with difficulty, diagonally misshapen windblown serviceberry.
Later in the year a person will spend an entire weekend collecting serviceberries and baking a serviceberry pie.

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In Tucker County, West Virginia, on May 7th, 2015, along the Bear Rocks Trail (Trail 522) in the Dolly Sods Wilderne…
Added on October  4, 2015

Footpath through delicious blueberries and/or huckleberries.

Footpath through delicious blueberries and/or huckleberries.
Until the late 19th century this was a forest of spectacularly huge red spruce and eastern hemlock trees, sitting atop seven to nine feet of humus!, but oh well. "Barrens" are special too, I guess — especially if you're a huckleberry or a snake or a rock!…
Added on August 19, 2015

Mountain visitors.

Mountain visitors.
And not only have they got cars, but many of them are intellectuals too. Colorado intellectuals.

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In the Arapaho National Forest in Clear Creek County, Colorado, on July 10th, 2011, at the Guanella Pass Trailhead on the Guanella…
Added on March 30, 2014

Let these floating milky films add visual interest to your otherwise-unremarkable wet areas.

Let these floating milky films add visual interest to your otherwise-unremarkable wet areas.
À la soaping a fountain!

I do like these white films, the lines remind me of the treerings inside of chopped-down trees.

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In the Pike National Forest in Park County, Colorado, on July 10th, 2011, a backwater of Geneva Creek as…
Added on November  2, 2011

Here come the barreling loaves of fog, to moisten the sagebrush.

Here come the barreling loaves of fog, to moisten the sagebrush.
The landscape of southwestern Montana is famous for drawing out thoughts of dampness and mysterioso moodiness from people so I got exactly what I was expecting from my Montana visit. How long has it been since any of that saw sunshine. Sagebrush thrives…
Added on June 23, 2010

O the mud!

O the mud!
I like to never be away from my beloved Ohio River Valley for very long because the sight of its particular regional style of mud is awesomely restorative to my confounded mind. I cannot seem to find it anyplace else! I like to press my face against its…
Added on July 20, 2009

For looking @ the mountainside from, suspendedly.

For looking @ the mountainside from, suspendedly.
The thing is packed with invisible people and it dangles and barrels toward the mountaintop, and I can see it thru smokey-coloured glass. I worry about people getting sick in there!

Also it'd be scary to be stuck inside of that thing if one of the othe…
Added on July 18, 2009