Rhododendrons and rushing water

Mountains aren’t the only things to look at in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Dad and I didn’t see a big variety of flowers, but in the lower elevations there seemed to be rhododendrons everywhere.

Rhododendron

The park also has a lot of mountain creeks running through it.

Creek in a forest

In some places, the rhododendron petals on the ground were pretty thick. From a distance, they almost looked like snow.

Rhododendrons

We came across the below scene after a short rain storm. You can see in the distance how heavy the humidity was.

Creek in a forest

It’s hard to see (a little easier if you enlarge the picture) but there are white rhododendron blossoms along the whole length of the above creek.

Rhododendron

At one stop, we were gawking and taking pictures of a roadside creek. When we turned around to go back to the car, we discovered this small waterfall on the other side of the road.

Small waterfall