" Rhodie " heaven

black mambablack mamba Major grinsJacksonville, FLPosts: 6,120Registered Users Major grins
edited July 16, 2017 in Other Cool Shots

When the rhododendron are out, the mountains sing. Roan Mountain, in Tennessee, is known for its extraordinary showing of these plants when they are in full bloom. I don't know of a single location that rivals the show on Roan. The prime viewing season generally occurs in early June and may last for only a week or two.

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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,266Registered Users Major grins

    Roan mountain is certainly the most popular and makes a darn good argument for being the best place for the rhododendron bloom, but Stone Mountain park in N.C. gives it a good run for the money. Maybe it is the other features at Stone Mountain that make it stand out for me a little more, but you definitely cannot go wrong with either location.

    From your recently pictures it looks like you are making quite the road trip.

    Steve

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  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,033Registered Users Major grins

    Rhodies... a favorite of mine

    Nice captures Tom

    Rags
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,120Registered Users Major grins

    @Cygnus Studios said:
    Roan mountain is certainly the most popular and makes a darn good argument for being the best place for the rhododendron bloom, but Stone Mountain park in N.C. gives it a good run for the money. Maybe it is the other features at Stone Mountain that make it stand out for me a little more, but you definitely cannot go wrong with either location.

    From your recently pictures it looks like you are making quite the road trip.

    I agree with you, Steve. The Stone Mountain show is also impressive. My wife and I spend a couple of months each year up in the Appalachians.....one in the Summer and the other in the Fall. For 30+ years we had a mountain home in Boone, NC. For full-time living in that region, which we plan on, we're focused mainly in the northeast Tennessee area. Living costs there, including taxes, are substantially lower than in NC. The southwest part of Virginia is another area we see a lot of. As John Muir famously said, " The mountains are calling and I must go ".

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,120Registered Users Major grins

    @torags said:
    Rhodies... a favorite of mine

    Nice captures Tom

    Thanks, Rags. This year's display on Roan was really strong. Throughout the region, the Mountain Laurel blooms were also exceptional.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,817Registered Users Major grins

    Wonderful captures Tom! Love #2 most! Who knew June is spring for some!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,120Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks, Taz. Flopping between Florida and the mountains, as I'm prone to do, screws my perception of seasons all to pieces.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • willard3willard3 Jefe Máximo Posts: 1,417Registered Users Major grins

    A nice set, Tom. I lake nos. 2 and 5 best.

    Guapo plant

    It is better to die on you feet than to live on your knees.....Emiliano Zapata
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