These pictures were taken with Sarah's digital camera on March 24, 2008. The resolution and staging of them are under expectation, complicated by the fact that the clear skies and glare made it hard to tell if a good picture was actually taken or not until we got home. At the time, we didn't have any way of taking more than about 10 at a go. These are the best we had, and are here as much of a way to point out four reaons we like the Panther Knob trail as much as anything.
This image shows just one of the neat little features you can see up on the trail. In quite a few places, the rocks are about as stress point, with some weaker middle layers cracked out or crumblings. You get multi-ton rocks leaning against each other in a way that is a little less than secure looking (but would probably take an act of God to actually move).
This narrow, alley-like passage between rocks just strikes me as a neat feature. Shortly after walking through this (by the way, that blue mark is the trail marking) you have to pull a 180 and sort of scramble up the wall to the left. It is not as hard as I first thought it would be.
After scrambling up, you are greeted with this view. The trail is more overgrown than pretty much any of the other trails in the Park. This was a bonus to me. I like the sense of untrampled wood (it is still trampled, mind you).
The most depressing shot in this whole thing. There in person, you can see roads and buildings out for a ways. Taking the picture, though, the camera assumed we were aiming for the trees and focused in on them (aren't they nice trees?) and all you get is an impression of the distance. Still, an enjoyable enough view.
The plan is go back up sometime and try and get slightly clearer shots. This might take another camera, or just some way to block out the glare (like a towel) so that I can see the quality of what I have as I go.
Written by W Doug Bolden. Photography taken by W. Doug Bolden, Sarah Bolden, and others.
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