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To See His Mountain

We took Roan to see his mountain yesterday. The forecast was a wet one and we were prepared for chilly temperatures. Sure enough, it was around sixty up there and around eighty down in the valley.

By the sign

I imagine watching him grow up through a series of pictures by this sign.

On the rock

He kept climbing on rocks and saying, like Dick Proenneke,
"A man could lose himself up here."

Spruce and Fir

We talked a little about the difference between spruce and fir trees.
That's the spruce on the left.


Blueberries were still very small.
Blackberries were just then blooming.
It made me want to hike to Dickey Knob some time soon.

The Gardens

As you can see, we totally missed the rhododendrons.
I think we saw about three plants blooming.  Oh, well.
We had the place to ourselves.

In the puddle

Mike taught me a little about aperture priority mode on my camera.
So, my pictures looked less green after this.
Laurel had a big time with this tiny puddle.

Chicken of the woods

We found Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.

Spruce-Fir Forest

The sun came out from time to time.


And then it clouded up again and threatened rain.

One in a line

All in all, it was perfect.


We even found a bunch of wild strawberries.
I'm looking forward to picking more on White Top next weekend.


Lichen is everywhere, you know?

Gray's Lily

But Gray's lilies, not so much.
It's endangered in Tennessee and only grows in three states.
I bet this single flower saw more photographers than all of the rhododendron gardens.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 29th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
Looks like a beautiful day! And what a lovely lily.
Jun. 29th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
It was. :-) I love the lily, too.
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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