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Monday, June 27, 2016

Roan Mountain, Rhododendron Gardens ~ Summer 2016 {Roan Mountain ~ J. Commons Photography}

I know, I go to Roan Mountain a lot, but I just love it there.  Each time I go I have another fantastic experience.  I have lived in the shadow of Roan Mountain for 10 years and have always missed out on seeing the rhododendron gardens in full bloom. I refused to let it pass me by this year!  Deanna and I, with some outside help, talked the girls into going with us and we headed out for the day.  I am soooo thankful that I finally made it up there!  I have walked the rhododendron garden in the past and loved its enchanting paths and moss covered forest, but the pop of purple the blooms added was magical!

Have props, will hike!

It was really cool to watch the fog and rain roll across the mountain.

A peek at the view on the other side of the clouds.

After leaving the gardens we stopped by the Miller Farmstead.  Since last September's Hummingbird Display, I have basically been stalking the farm waiting for the hummers to return!!  I was so happy they were back and that Deanna and the girls got to experience it.

Emma decided the quickest way down the hill was to roll! (I may have encouraged her.)

The wildflowers were finally out.

All of the hummingbird feeders were still not out, but there were dozens of hummers buzzing around!

I love hummingbirds so much (I even have one tattooed on my back) and I could not stop taking pictures.  In my defense, they kept posing for me!

Shh, be verwy, verwy quiet, Deanna is hunting hummers!

This is not a great picture, but it is the best I have ever taken of these little, white fairies.  Okay, they are actually called Woolly Aphids, but they always remind me of fairies floating through the air.  You know, because I have seen so many fairies floating through the air!

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