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In Search of Rhododendrons


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I really, really needed to get away for a while. I had a grueling May and it was starting to get hot in Florida. I knew where to go. The mountains beckoned. Here are some pictures from my quest for spring blooming rhododendrons. I got there a little late but nevertheless did some hiking in places like Craggy Gardens, Mount Mitchell, and Roan Mountain (where I finally found the blooming rhododendrons!).

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Rough Hewn Colums and Beams126 viewsThe shelter at the top of Craggy Gardens.
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Gnarled Tree115 viewsOne has to wonder how it got that way. I had done a lot of walking at this point, but I had still not seen a single blooming rhododendron.
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So, I Hit the Trail122 viewsNo rhododendrons, so I had to find another mountain.
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High Altitude Bee127 viewsI found this fuzzy little critter at the top of Mt. Craig (6,663 feet). He's a little dizzy from the altitude, as you can see. That's not a flower he landed on!
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Leaves of Three...106 views...let them be? Well, these serrated leaves don't look like your ordinary, everyday poison ivy. They look more like wild strawberries. Taken somewhere between Mt. Craig summit and Big Tom summit.
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Snail Eggs?143 viewsWell, that's what I think they are, but I don't know for sure. Perhaps one of you biologists out there can give me a definitive answer.
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Roan Mountain Scene194 viewsSo, as directed by the folks at Craggy Gardens, I went to Roan Mountain, which is on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, in search of rhododendrons. The first thing I spotted was in the parking lot, and here it is. The girl who got out of this car looked like she fit perfectly.
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Shady Path on Roan Mountain246 viewsA foggy day at the summit created this beautiful, misty view of one of the accessible trails through the woods and to the rhododendron gardens at Roan Mountain

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The Obligatory Poison Ivy Picture238 viewsThis, from a city park in the north end of Asheville, North Carolina.Aug 02, 2004
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Abandoned Building203 viewsHaving finally found my rhododendrons, I could relax and find miscellaneous photo-ops. I liked the looks of this abandoned building.Aug 02, 2004
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Shady Path on Roan Mountain246 viewsA foggy day at the summit created this beautiful, misty view of one of the accessible trails through the woods and to the rhododendron gardens at Roan MountainAug 02, 2004
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Columbine192 viewsThis is a little different from the red and yellow columbines I've seen, but I guessed it was still a columbine by the leaf shape and the flower configuration. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.Aug 02, 2004
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Roan Mountain Scene194 viewsSo, as directed by the folks at Craggy Gardens, I went to Roan Mountain, which is on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, in search of rhododendrons. The first thing I spotted was in the parking lot, and here it is. The girl who got out of this car looked like she fit perfectly.Aug 02, 2004
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A Close-up While I'm Here182 viewsTook me long enough to find some rhododendrons, so I wanted to have some pictures.Aug 02, 2004
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Old Mitchell Trail177 viewsAfter hiking a few miles on the Buncombe Horse Range Trail, I intersected with the Old Mitchell Trail at Commissary Ridge, which would lead me back to the summit of Mount Mitchell. One mile (straight up).Aug 02, 2004
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Rhododendrons, Finally!216 viewsHere, finally, at Roan Mountain, a bumblebee and I find some rhododendrons for our mutual enjoyment.Aug 02, 2004