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Buck Creek & tributaries, and Corundum Knob
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Copyright (2017)

My excursions to Buck Creek usually involve botanizing, but evidence also remains of the area's rich mining history.

October 2017:


Buck_Creek_pond
Pond in valley of Buck Creek.
Slowly becoming a bog..



Cullakeenee
Entrance to the old Cullakeenee Corundum Mine


Cullakeenee
Inside the Cullakeenee Mine


Wood_Dam
Remains of old log-framed dam.
The frame of this dam had been in place for 100 years until heavy 2017 rains washed away several sections.



Herbert_vert_pit
Flooded vertical pit of Herbert Corundum Mine


Herbert_ceiling_supports
Flooded upper section (ceiling supports) of vestibule at one of the Herbert Mine leads.


Spiranthes
Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua), a little past its prime.


Orange_foliage
Back-lit foliage



November 2017 - Corundum Knob:

Mine_cut

There are a number of old mine cuts and prospects covering Corundum Hill.
Many are buried under decades of leaves and overgrowth, but many still see activity from rockhounds.


Mine_cut



Mine_cut



Corundum_Knob_view

Nice views from Corundum Knob
Looking NW over the western section of the Buck Creek Barrens, the Tusquitee Mtn Range is visible on the center horizon.


Corundum_Knob_view



Rosinweed
The layers in this rock ledge exhibit a near-vertical dip


Cat_eye_cut
Deadfall and brush have taken over the original Cat-eye Mine Cut


Rock_vein

Examples of mineral veins in the rock near the Cat-eye:


Rock_vein



Rock_vein



Cat-eye_diggings
Diggings near the Cat-eye Cut


Veined_rock
Cool rock with nice veins running through it


Red-legged_salamander
Red-legged Salamander   (Plethodon shermani)
This is the first one of these I've seen; they have a very limited range
concentrated primarily in SW NC, along with NE GA, and SE TN.




Buck Creek Index Natural Environments
NE GA - NC Index SE USA Index