Rhododendron maximum is peaking here this weekend.
On the way to the Chestnut Ridge trailhead.
Blooms are everywhere.
Rhododendrons along the creekside.
Blooms carpet the valley below.
Each one is so intricate.
The newest blooms are tinted pink along the edges.
Mature blooms have the green speckles inside.
On the AT.
Rob taking a break next to a tree older than he is.
Lush green all the way up to the Mt. Cammerer trail.
A brief view timed perfectly with a brief break in the clouds.
Beautiful rock work along this corner of the AT.
Another rare view on this rainy day.
Trees up here get all the rain...and the wind.
It chilly but beautiful here. Nowhere better to be!
Colorful mushrooms and moss love the damp.
Mt. Cammerer lookout.
Looking back at the trail (yes, trail) up to the lookout.
The wind is big today.
From the observation deck, a brief view of I-40 below.
Looking SE toward the town of Cosby (tan patch).
Mt. Cammerer trail.
Soft peat up here, it gives some when you step on it.
Headed down from Mt. Cammerer.
Galax still in bloom up here along the trailside. It bloomed two months ago at the lower elevations.
Junction of the Mt. Cammerer out-and-back with the AT.
South along the AT.
Now that we've descended a bit from Mt. Cammerer, we get a sunny view.
Gorgeous day, but we can hear thunder gathering again.
Small purple fringed orchid!
Rob coming into the junction of Low Gap and Big Creek.
Yeah, we posed.
Big Creek at the end of the day.
It's been a good day!
Big Creek is a nice, wide trail.
A find - horsemint!
One last rhodie bloom for the day.