|The A-T overlooking the French Broad River near Hot Springs, NC|
It's been a very long time since I've seen spring really explode so early.
I've been mesmerized by the beautiful colors -- the Bradley Pear trees looking so dressed for success in their white blossoms, the red buds (which are really purple) adding brillant color to the gray trees that await their day and those amazing ornamental bushes in bright shades of yellow and red. It's all so early and so beautiful.
Today....finally, I brought along the camera and took a hike along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, North Carolina. Here are some of the colors I spotted along the way.