From here there is a very short walk ( about a mile there and back) to the bald. This is a grassy treeless patch, one of many in the southern Appalachians, generally along a high ridge or a mountain summit. No one is sure how they originated, but they are maintained by cutting.
The view from this one is nothing special, as there are trees all around, but the walk was shady and agreeable even in the heat.
One of a party of four mycophiles - one of the men has written academic papers on the local fungi. You can just see him, engrossed in the search while I chatted to Pat.
The bald itself, clear, surrounded by trees.
A beautiful little fungus - not edible - called, I think, Pholeota decorosa .
A final photograph to give some idea of the spectacular wooded mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.