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.
A dairy farm in northern Rutherford County…
The 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.
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.
Sunset bathes the ridges in a soft glow…
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.