Dogwood, Azalea, and Green Mountains
When the Dogwood bloom, the mountains are painted in a million shades of green as new leaves push their way out of previously dormant branches. It’s my favorite part of Spring across the Blue Ridge.
Yesterday, heavy clouds hung over the mountains near sunset, and the effect was magical. I’ve never seen it like this before.
All of these views were to the west five miles north of Lake Lure in the northwest Rutherford mountains.
Looking back to the east, Young’s Mountain, at 2,600 feet, was still bare near the summit. Another week will change all of that.
As the front passed this morning, and rain wasn’t far away, I found these Dogwood and Azalea in southern McDowell County along the Rutherford Trace.