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Spring in the Southern Appalachians

The crest of the Great Smoky Mountains

Mount Cammerer, the high point in the background, has a light dusting of snow. I started the day hiking on the Appalachian Trail near there, high in the Smokies. The trail was covered in snow and it was quite chilly.

When I descended into the lower elevations, the temperature was a balmy seventy five degrees. Unlike high in the Smokies, the trees here had leaves.

I looked over my shoulder and took this shot of where I began hiking that morning.

Catawba Rhododendron come alive with flowers

Some of this year's early bloomers. These shots of Catawba Rhododendron were taken at South Mountains State Park April 25, 2003

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