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Misty Morning Detour on the Mountain

I love mornings like this one, all swirling mist and cloud.

I take this route into town several times each week, and I usually go almost the entire 20 miles without ever seeing another car. Turkeys, yes. Deer, absolutely. Plenty of rusted-out cars and trucks once I start getting into the section where there are more farms and homes. But this bit at the top is my favorite.

Misty morning

It’s naturally quiet up here, but the mist seems to dampen even the ordinary hush of the high country. I was entranced enough to drift to a complete stop, open the door of my Jeep, and capture a few photos while standing in the middle of the road. I could hear the drip, drip of water on the trees, nothing more.

I was on my way to work, but I couldn’t resist pulling off the road to spend just a few minutes on a nearby trail… This is the view after pulling off the paved road, looking ahead and also behind me.

Misty morning Misty morning

How could it be any more perfect? Fifty degrees, and utterly silent, at 7 am on a weekday in May.

As soon as I parked next to the trail, I saw these bluets, and the first of the many trillium in bloom.

bluets in the rain
bluets in the rain

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trillium in bloom
trillium in bloom

By now I suspected I was going to be late, but I couldn’t resist a short walk. The bloodroot blooms are long gone, but the leaves are large and glorious in the mist.

bloodroot leaf in rain
bloodroot leaf in rain

And more trillium! They were everywhere.

Trillium
Trillium
Trillium in the mist
Trillium in the mist
Misty trail in the woods
Misty trail in the woods

In the end, I wasn’t late, but I did cut it pretty close. One time this happened near a river, and I completely missed my meeting.

It was worth it.

 

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