Earlier this week, I wrote about my first official day of summer vacation spent chasing rhododendron at Roan Mountain State Park.  Although the day was a time to bond with my son, Jeremy, and experience Roan Mountain State Park during peak bloom of rhododendron, I came home from the day without any of the images I was hoping to create while there.

If you missed reading my post about that foggy day at Roan Mountain State Park,

you can find it here.

Luckily, the next day, I had plans to meet two dear friends for sunrise at the same location.  This required me to again wake up between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., drive more than three hours, meet my friends in the parking lot to access the trail, and hike in the dark to our desired location.

The second day I was sure to wear my jacket.  Unlike the morning before, there was no fog as my friends and I hiked up to the first bald, Round Bald.  We found the places we wanted to photograph during the sunrise.  I was thrilled to find an area covered with blooming rhododendron to include in my sunrise shot.

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Just Before Sunrise

This image was taken just before the sun rose.  The clouds were lit a gorgeous pink to match the rhododendron.  As the sun rose, I was able to capture the image I have used as the featured image for this post.

Just after sunrise, I wanted to use all of the tents that were set up on Round Bald in my foreground.

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Campers

Everywhere we looked, we were greeted with the beauty of blooming rhododendron.

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Rhododendrons

It was a thrilling day spending time with great friends and seeing clearly, without all of the fog, the beauty of Roan Mountain State Park during the peak of the rhododendron bloom.

I will look forward to chasing rhododendron on Roan Mountain again next summer!

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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