Spring in the Plott Balsams April 14, 2015Posted by Jenny in hiking, nature, Southern Appalachians.
Tags: bellwort, box tortoise, chickweed, Fisher Creek, fleabane, larkspur, Plott Balsams, showy orchis, trillium, yellow violet
Just to the southeast of the Smokies lie the Plott Balsams, my backyard mountains. The Plotts rival their more famous neighbors for the profusion of spring wildflowers. You’ll even find some plants here that you don’t see in the Smokies. For instance:
On a showery afternoon, I headed up the East Fork trail. Soon I met a fellow creature who was also heading up the trail. I felt speedy by comparison.
As I usually do, I went straight to the top without taking many pictures. It was completely socked in and spitting drizzle at the Fox Hunters Camp, my frequent destination for a good steep 2000′ climb. Up in the clouds, I moved through the temperate rainforest.
On the way back down, I spotted a cluster of mixed white and red trilliums beside a little streamlet.
And near the end of my short hike, I saw this splendidly cheerful blossom.