Springtime along the Blue Ridge Escarpment

The Piedmont Plateau in North Carolina stretches from the Sandhills around Pinehurst in the central part of the state, to the eastern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where those peaks first butt up against the Foothills is known as the Eastern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Within a few miles, the elevation goes from 800 feet to over 4,000 feet.  Rolling pastures and woods suddenly disappear, making way for the waterfalls, gorges, and steep slopes that we all know and love.

pastureA dairy farm in northern Rutherford County…

escarpmentThe mountains around Lake Lure are just five miles to the west…

All along this area, Spring arrives earlier than in those mountains, and a drive through the Foothills reveals an explosion of color.

Wysteria

wysteria 2

wysteria 1

Azaleas

azalea 5

azalea 1

azalea 3

horses

azalea 2

azalea 4

Dogwood

dogwood 2

dogwood 3

pink dogwood

dogwood 4

dogwood 1

Driving west a few miles, you find yourself at the foot of the mountains, and the “greening” of the trees gives everything a soft glow, compared to the deep shades of Summer. This period is short lived, so go out now to appreciate its beauty.

greasy creek road

hickory nut mtn

oak mtn

dogwood farm

Sunset bathes the ridges in a soft glow…sunset

During this pandemic, your car is one of the safest places you can be. Get out and explore your neighborhood as Springtime evolves.  Wave at passing drivers and at people in their yards.  This is Social Distancing at its best.

 

4 thoughts on “Springtime along the Blue Ridge Escarpment

  1. Carolina,

    I Love Inns is a directory of B&Bs now online for 25 years. In the past we were permitted to use your photos at iloveinns.com. We would like to ask for that permission once again.

    We would like to be able to offer all our Blue Ridge B&Bs the ability to use your photos in their newsletters and websites.. This would be an encouraging boost to the B&Bs at this point to help keep tourism there alive in the hearts of their former guests.

    What do you think?

    Deborah Sakach http://www.iloveinns.com

    On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 8:37 AM Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog wrote:

    > Carolina Vann posted: “The Piedmont Plateau in North Carolina stretches > from the Sandhills around Pinehurst in the central part of the state, to > the eastern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where those peaks first butt > up against the Foothills is known as the Eastern Blue Ridg” >

  2. Beautiful photos of flowering shrubs and trees………miss them.     Driving around is a good suggestion……life becomes a bit boring inside the house. Thanks for photos,Patsy

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