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Old Jun 15, 2010, 7:27 PM   #1
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Default Stormy Days at Roan & Holston Mts

Roan Mt is famous for acres of Catawba Rhododendron. Next weekend is the big festival, but the blooms usually peak about a week before. So we headed on up there this past weekend...
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 7:29 PM   #2
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Flame Azaleas also brighten the Roan Mt highlands in mid June.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 7:30 PM   #3
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Trails were pretty soggy with recent rains, perfect for happy, muddy hikers, and also perfect for little toads.
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Much of the Roan Highlands are grassy balds - natural open areas although well below treeline. One of our favorites is called Grassy Ridge.
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Roan is home to many endemic species (things only found here, and nowhere else). The Gray's Lily was not yet blooming, but the native Hawkweed sure was.
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Typical mountain weather - the storms came quickly across the high country and gave us a good soaking!
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Feeling the need for even more mountains, we headed out to Holston Mt the next day for another fine damp high country hike.
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Fog too thick for good views, but perfect for spiderwebs (do you prefer with our without the flash?)
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Damp weather is perfect for fungi! Here are some tiny mushrooms on a fallen log, and some yellow slime mold on a stump.
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Indian Pipes look almost like a fungus (no chlorophyll), but they are indeed flowering plants. And it looks like they bloom the same time as the Purple Fringed Orchids reach peak bloom!
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