Scenes of Spring along the Blue Ridge
As Spring unfolds in these mountains, changes in color and texture are everywhere. These images are more random than usual, but deserve to be seen just the same. Ice was on the cars last Friday with a low of 37 degrees, and this morning was an eye opening 41. The transition to summer is happening every day, and sometimes the only way to know is to watch for the Blackberry blossoms to fall away.
These Catawba Rhododendron along the southern shore of Lake Lure are about a month ahead of the more famous blooms at Roan Mountain on the Tennessee border. Of course, there’s a 4,500 foot elevation difference.
The reeds in Otter Pond are surrounded by a thick morning mist.
Wildflowers abound as summer approaches…
Roan Horsetop Mountain just after a heavy spring rain with mist rising from a creek.
Buttercups blanket many of the pastures.
The pond at High Lodges at Otter Creek at sunset.
Blackberries and yellow wildflowers share a sunrise meadow.
Blackberry bushes are everywhere throughout Otter Creek Valley. A late season frost did little to stop this hearty bloom from fulfilling its appointed mission.
The Mahogany of Hemlock House shines brightly in the morning sun.
The fragrance of Honeysuckle in the yard makes sitting on the deck a very enjoyable experience.
Hickorynut Mountain, at 3,100 feet, shows its western slopes to the setting sun.
An almost full moon hangs over Dick’s Mountain just after sunrise.
Mount Shumont as seen from the North Carolina foothills this afternoon. Lake Lure is just on this side of that impressive peak.
The largest home I’ve seen in the foothills is almost finished. What an amazing view it will have of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. That’s Tryon Mountain near South Carolina in the distance. I need to meet these people.
I haven’t been able to ID these field flowers, but they sure are showy. The leaves look like the Pea family. Any help?
The following video will take you on an early morning walk through Otter Creek Valley. The dogs arrive every day just before sunup, and accompany me for the entire hike. Sometimes I let them choose the route.