The American Turks Cap Lily thrives in July across the Smokies.
Good Afternoon, Technological challenges from above 6,000 feet have made posting to the blog-osphere difficult, so today we're spreading the mountain word from down here in the hot and humid lowlands! The mountain top received 1.2" of rain yesterday. Temperatures continue to be satisfyingly refreshing for the time of year, as yesterday's high came in at 61 degrees followed by an overnight low of 49. Current conditions are partly cloudy with temps in the low 60s. The forecast the next several days and through the weekend looks promising for exploring the outdoors despite a minimal chance of showers each day. We're deep into the heart of summer and the mountain's floral beauty is in full swing. The yellow Coneflower continue to pop, intermixed with the eye-catching colors of purple Monkshood and red Bee Balm. Further down the mountain, other perennial favorites like the pink Turtlehead, Mountain Krigia, Closed Gentian, and Grass of Parnassus are taking shape. The mountain is alive and well, and the lodge is bustling with the day's newest arrivals of accomplished ascenders. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
The pink Turtlhead puts on a show at ankle level. Don't miss it!