Back in the early 1900's, botanist, John William Harshberger described an area in the east lobe of the West Plains as an "oak bottom". An area of a depression with an oak forest in the valley of the Sykes Branch. Today, I had the incentive to find this location since my Grandfather knew Prof. Harshberger. I believe I was in the right area, but not to be found. I really didn't think I would. I'm sure this area has greatly changed over the past 100 years. Blueberries were farmed in this area since then, which created a very dense thicket today. I will be back along the Sykes Branch come July, so I'll keep an eye out for this; "oak bottom". This is not good. This is the second consecutive trip that I came up short on meeting my objective. Anyhow, here's a few photos from the day. One other note. While in the pygmy pine area, I saw an opening with some debris. As I checked it out, I came upon a strange and eerie looking spot. There was a dead deer (been there for a good while) and four dead birds, one bird being up in the tree. The birds appear to be pheasants. Sand-myrtle The dead bird Oak or Maple? I was hoping for oak, but I think it is maple for what I saw on the ground I was hoping that was the oak forest.