January 13, 2003

Rime on Roan

It just seemed like it was time to post another winter scene. I couldn't find one of my own I liked, so I'm taking the liberty to let you see one my ol' backpacking friend Dave took last winter. The scene is from the top of Roan Mountain in Tennessee, somewhere near its peak at over 6200 feet. This makes it one of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. The white on the vegetation, for you flatlanders, is rime ice. The winds up here are fierce, and this time of year, often blow needles of ice that accumulate on the tough low shrubs (fetterbush, blueberry, laurel) that are adapted to this hostile winter weather. You can see another picture at this link showing the Rhododendron (hence the name Roan or "red") in bloom in midsummer.

Posted by fred1st at January 13, 2003 08:52 PM | TrackBack

"west of the Mississippi" -- that would be east, right?

Posted by: Anita Rowland at January 13, 2003 09:47 PM

Thanks for sharing, Fred. Wow . . . that's just stunning! Absolutely breathtaking!

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at January 14, 2003 01:05 AM

Great pic, buddy. Nice choice.

Posted by: ron at January 14, 2003 06:53 AM

That's a lovely photograph, and would also make a wonderful desktop picture...

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at January 14, 2003 09:50 AM

Thanks, Fred. I'm flattered. Actually, Pam claims she took the picture. It was a beautiful, cold day, mid-morning, and with many wonderful ViewMaster vistas.

Posted by: Dave at January 14, 2003 11:18 AM

Wonderful photo.

Tried to comment last night but the PC was running slow.

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