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Friday, May 17, 2013

Wildflowers and Waterfalls in the Smokies

On Tuesday, May 7, we drove to the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and hiked a little way up the Middle Prong Trail. The following pictures are some scenes from that day.

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A yellow wildflower, growing on the riverbank
 
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I loved the blue in this one.
 
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I just liked the way the light was hitting these leaves.
 
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I thought these looked like little brides. (Update: This flower is a Showy Orchis.)
 
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This waterfall is usually just a trickle of water flowing down from the hillside next to Tremont Road.
 
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Lynn Camp Prong Falls
 
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This three-tiered waterfall is just up the trail from Lynn Camp Prong Falls


15 comments:

  1. All lovely but the colours of the flowers just pop so beautifully. The ones you see as brides, I see as white hummingbirds drinking from purple flowers.

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  2. Such beautiful flowers! Those waterfalls put the ones I saw in Mississippi to shame. The three-tiered one is really something. You guys certainly know how to take a vacation.

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  3. Thanks for taking me outdoors this morning, even if it is only vicariously. The flowers look like gems.

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  4. just beautiful! can feel the woods in your photos.

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  5. You were in the Smokies at a great time for both the flowers and the waterfalls. It's been a while since we hiked Middle Prong trail -- we're going to have to do it again soon.

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  6. Looks like you were in the Smokies at the perfect time of year. The wildflowers are gorgeous --and so are the waterfalls. We've been to the Tremont area when there was alot of water also --and it's awesome, isn't it????

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Hilary - Thanks, my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed the wildflowers. I still see a bride in the top center flower, but I can grant you some hummingbirds in the others. :)

    Gail - The Smokies had received high rainfall before we arrived, so the waterfalls were especially lovely on this trip. Give Mississippi another chance someday after they've had some rain. :)

    Stephen - Glad to have you join us on our virtual hike.

    Thanks kindly, Theresa.

    George - We really hit it perfectly for seeing the waterfalls. We missed the redbuds and most of the dogwoods, but there were enough wildflowers to satisfy us.

    Betsy - I think it did work out that way, after we had to postpone our trip twice due to illness. The Tremont area is one of our favorites, too.

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  8. Oh my! Each of these pictures is a winning shot. I love the flowers but the waterfalls are also so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ruth. You're a good encourager.

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  9. The Smoky Mountains never disappoint! Hope you are doing well, it's been a while! :)

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    1. Elizabeth! What a surprise to find your comment. It HAS been awhile. Hopefully, you're back to blogging again on a regular basis. You've been missed.

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  10. Lovely falls and flowers, Linda, I especially like the lit leaves, it's a beautiful capture.

    As for the flowers, I know just the first one, I guess it's the Creeping Buttercup or at least it belongs to the buttercups family. We have plenty of them here.

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    1. Thank you, Petra. You're the only one to comment on the leaves, but I was pleased with that picture, too.

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  11. Hello Linda, I am a first time visitor from another blog site and enjoyed the nature photos. The yellow wildflower looks like a buttercup and the blue ones could be blue eyed grass or asiatic day flower. We took a brief trip to the Great Smokey Mtns last fall and wish we had more time.

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    1. Beatrice - Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Thanks also for the information on the flowers. We love the Smokies and usually spend a week there in the spring and another week in the fall. Next time, you'll have to plan to stay longer. :)

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