With these long days and short nights, the valley is as green as ever, and with recent rains, the prospects for a lush summer are good. The Wild Turkeys have fledged a large brood, and the deer have been especially active.
Horsetop Mountain catches the first morning rays on the western rim of the valley.
Hunter and Buddy explore the road beneath Bear Gap Mountain.
Otter Pond is surrounded by Blackberry vines and thick vegetation.
Lavender Bee Balm mixes with ripening Blackberries
Carolina Parkway heads due north toward Brushy Top Mountain at sunrise.
Buddy at Otter Pond
With recent 55 degree mornings, a heavy mist has covered Otter Pond.
A wildfire in the vicinity makes for a strange sunrise over the mist covered pond.
Showy Carolina Rhododendron blooms along the roads and Otter Creek
Wolf Pen Mountain is barely visible through a thick morning mist.
Dick’s Mountain marks the southern rim of the valley. Old roads are barely passable with the heavy summer growth.
We end where we began, with a vibrant sunset behind Horsetop Mountain.