Grass of Parnassus
One of my favorite times on the mountain is when the Grass of Parnassus starts blooming. I love these flowers. They have such an intricate design. If you have read my posts in the past seasons, then you know that these flowers are only found in the park above 5000 feet. They like wet areas. The grassy slide at the top of Alum Cave trail is densely populated with these beautiful flowers. It was such an amazing day yesterday, Chris and I stopped so I could take some time and photograph them on our commute back to work.
We had a great time taking our nieces and nephew to Dollywood and then rafting on the Pigeon River. I think we might be turning them into nature lovers, at least not for the lack of trying. It feels good to be back on the mountain and back to a slower pace.
The sun was shining this morning. The high yesterday was 62º with a low of 45º. The chill seems to be sticking around. It will be fall before you know it.