Monday, May 10, 2010

springtime stanzas

How many stanzas in the springtime breeze?
How plenty the raindrops? As He doth please.
There is no meter and there is no rhyme,
Yet God's poems always read in perfect time.

--Astrid Alauda, "Poems on Nature"

Spring is just now arriving along the Blue Ridge of North Carolina. For those of us in Tennessee, driving 'over the mountain' is like stepping back in time -- an opportunity to see and enjoy a second spring. The High Country is carpeted with springtime's brilliant greens -- which have arrived in perfect time.

Above: A view from Rough Ridge of the Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain. This is one of my favorite hikes found along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile 302.8) -- its boardwalks and many rock outcroppings offer breathtaking views. It's part of the Tanawha Trail that stretches for 13 miles from Beacon Heights to Price Lake. With its soaring, majestic views, the trail is appropriately named; 'Tanawha' is the Cherokee word for "great hawk or eagle". For more scenes found along the Blue Ridge Parkway, click here.

BTW, if you're on Facebook, be sure to become a fan of Grandfather Mountain and Mark W. Peacock Photography!

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