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Along the Craggy Garden Trail

Along the Craggy Garden Trail

This trail runs along a ridge near the Visitor's Center in Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The center appears to be located in a saddle between two peaks which are covered with heath balds. The trail winds beneath ancient rhododendrons, mountain laurel and other members of the heath family. The rhododendrons are from 10 to 12 feet tall and the herbaceous level is mostly ferns and mosses. The trail leads to a grassy bald where I found a clump of huckleberry bushes that had to be 20 feet across. Huckleberry is also a member of the heath family. I didn't identify this gnarled tree at the time but I believe it's a very old and wind twisted maple.

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poetry66601-Aug-2006 21:53
Fantastic shot of this craggy tree. Lovely greens amongst the brightness and the different colours of the tree branches. Great shot Buz!!V.
Guest 01-Aug-2006 21:32
Really an interesting shape, makes a wonderful image. V!
shatterbug01-Aug-2006 21:17
Great find! This is such an interesting looking tree!
Shayne01-Aug-2006 04:00
intresting old snag... great capture
Richard Calmes31-Jul-2006 17:07
WOW! Another great shot from the master of the forest! V
Bryan Murahashi31-Jul-2006 15:38
Like this aged tree amongst the fresh greens.
Kathy Pedersen31-Jul-2006 12:40
Fantastic character in this old tree, you know I love this shot:) Vote
Jim Gephart31-Jul-2006 03:33
Great find. Love the greens.
Cindy Flood30-Jul-2006 15:09
Craggy old tree, indeed.
Char30-Jul-2006 13:56
I love old gnarled trees and this one is exceptional!
Karen Stuebing30-Jul-2006 10:17
Cool tree and love the dense greenery.
akleja30-Jul-2006 09:33
Fabulous tree!
Utsav 30-Jul-2006 07:57
absolutely beautiful greens .. the ferns in the foreground add a nice subtle frame to the tree
Steven Jusczyk30-Jul-2006 06:50
That's a tree with character!
wernere0130-Jul-2006 05:35
Fine shot. Like how the light finds its way down to the farn.
Peter Stahl30-Jul-2006 05:08
Interesting looking tree! Like the way it isolates itself the the greens. Well done Buz!
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik30-Jul-2006 04:26
Great old tree and beautiful lush greens! Super image. GMV Sandy
Breland30-Jul-2006 02:54
Excellent find Buz. There is a lot of photo ops along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
carol j. phipps30-Jul-2006 02:13
GMV! Wonderful forms and color.
Gayle P. Clement30-Jul-2006 02:05
Gorgeous old tree.
Elaine (etfitz)30-Jul-2006 01:23
Beautiful greens and wonderful old tree!
estralita30-Jul-2006 00:10
You seem to find the prettiest places... vote
Rochelle Cardinale29-Jul-2006 23:02
Great color and lines, Buz. These shots of yours really make me want to explore the Eastern part of our country more.
Guest 29-Jul-2006 22:15
awesome gnarly old tree
QUERIDO29-Jul-2006 19:25
nice shot!
J. Scott Coile29-Jul-2006 17:56
So much character wrapped in saturated splendor! Vote.
Brinn MacDougall29-Jul-2006 17:39
What a beautiful place, it's so lush and green!
purpod29-Jul-2006 16:26
I'm betting there are dinosaurs in there too! Very cool shot, Buz ~ Love the dynamics & lighting ~ Sounds like a great place to visit. GMV!
Beverly Wickersham29-Jul-2006 15:05
Wow! Craggy is right. Looks like the forest primeval.
JD29-Jul-2006 14:43
Gorgeous and invading greens. Nature can be very complex at times. Nice image, Buz!
Johnny JAG29-Jul-2006 14:28
Too many straight lines Buz ;-)
Robin Reid29-Jul-2006 14:20
Excellent. That is a difficult shot to get and to make interesting.
Carey Brown29-Jul-2006 14:12
Beautiful shot, great tree.
Deepak29-Jul-2006 14:05
Phew such dense and captivating green.Love the mood