Clearing Skies and Flame Azaleas at Roan Mountain

We began the second day of our Blue Ridge Mountains photography excursion with a visit to Roan Mountain.  The hike began through thick fog as we struggled to see more than a few feet ahead on the trail. roan mountain north carolina, fog, wildflowers

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But as we climbed higher and the sun rose in the sky, the fog began to burn off and we were rewarded with puffy clouds and a brilliant blue sky.

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The flame azaleas were in full bloom and I had never seen anything like them.  I just loved the bright pop of orange against the green of the leaves.

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Roan has long been on my list of places I'd like to camp and our day trip there only made me want to go more.  I imagine a magical sunset followed by an epic sunrise spent in a tent with a winter blanket of snow covering the trail.


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