To anybody in East Tennessee, West NC: Are the trees in your area already dropping leaves due to the drought conditions? When I was last in TN (4-5 weeks ago) things were dry, but the trees seemed okay. Here in Birmingham we are starting to see lots of leaf drop and many, many, many brown trees, even with the rain we've had in the last few weeks. I've seen entire ridges that are brown. I'm trying to gauge whether I should attempt any foliage photography up there this year, or stick in Birmingham and do some cool-weather non-photography hiking.