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Spring Sunrise over Carolina Rhododendron Forest, by Matt Tilghman
Spring Sunrise over Carolina Rhododendron Forest
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As the sun rises over a dense Appalachian rhododendron thicket, the leaves open, the fog evaporates, and winter fades away.
I went up to the Appalachians of North Carolina (near Cashiers) for a long weekend, but I went too early. It was clear that winter had not yet released its grasp. Most trees still had no leaves (let alone flowers), and there were a few overnight freezes that kept even the rhododendrons shy. On my last morning, I awoke to a dense fog - a warm fog - that seemed to signal the change of season. As it continued to rise, the sun began to easily pierce holes in the fog, dancing brilliantly around the happily opened rhododendrons.
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