A bee hovers around flowers to taste the nectar
Flowers and branches make a natural decorative arrangement in the Roan Mountain forest
A white flower offers a bright contrast to the surrounding greenery at Roan Mountain
Designs and colors make up quite a flower combination of nature
Wild flowers are prevalent all around the Roan Mountain area in North Carolina
Roan Mountain features a collection of rare plant life, including some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During our visit we saw only a smidgen of wildflowers, but rhododendrons and flame azaleas were blooming (as posted previously).
Rhododendron calendulaceum, commonly known as flame azalea, is an upright, loosely branched deciduous shrub. It is native primarily to woodland slopes and mountain balds in the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Here are some images from Roan Mountain Bald in North Carolina/Tennessee.
Every year around the middle of June, the grassy balds of Roan Mountain and Grassy Ridge come alive with vibrant blooms of Flame Azaleas.
A swallowtail butterfly lands on a rhododendron flower to taste the nectar at Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens, North Carolina
The sun provides ample illumination to backlight a Rhododendron flower at Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens in North Carolina
A fly gets closer to the Rhododendron flower to sample the nectar
From just blossoming to fully grown rhododendron flowers at Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens, North Carolina
A fly approaches a yet-to-blossom rhododendron bud …..
The texture and colors of the rhododendron buds at Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens, North Carolina
From man-made bridges to nature – images of flowers and landscapes from a June visit to the Roan Mountain area.
Roan Mountain is famous for its spectacular natural gardens of Catawba rhododendron. The peak bloom time for the sea of purple-magenta is usually mid June, plus or minus a week depending on weather. The area is located on the North Carolina / Tennessee state line – the Pisgah National Forest in NC and Cherokee National Forest in TN.
A burst of flower color in Spring …
A blooming Lily of the Nile ….
A beautiful Plumeria blooming against a blue sky …
A Purple Coneflower bursting with colors …
Nature’s color combination of flowers ….