FEATURED IMAGE BY Doug McPherson Photography of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TGSMNP).
I have lived in Mississippi and Louisiana most of my life. Spring is always the nicest WEEK of the year. In some places, (like way-south Louisiana) it is the nicest DAY of the year. Winter is nice, but wet a third of the time, cold a third of the time and warm the last third of the time (honest)…with the occasional tornado mixed in.
Let me testify: Spring in East Tennessee is heaven, TRULY. Wild flowers, dogwoods, redbuds, multi-greens as the trees leaf out, rain, sweet breezes, fragrances, day temps under 75 degrees Fahrenheit (often way under), night temps 40s & 50s. The world is new and fresh every morning . . . for more than a week (honest)! Pollen is not as heavy (?). Pine pollen in Mississippi is heavy and turns EVERYTHING green for a month.
Photos taken in the last several days of Knoxville (the dogwood and the cherry blooms were almost gone, but oooooh the Azaleas), TGSMNP, and an attraction (new to us) called Parrot Mountain and Gardens (web link below).
Ornamental Japanese Maple
Every yard on the trail had at least one or at least one weeping maple.
Cherry blooms were mostly on the ground, thick-pink pavement, oh my!
English Dogwood: Oh how the English do their pomp and circumstance!
Stately Southern Dogwood
Azalea Riot on the Knoxville Dogwood Festival Trails
We were greeted with bird, “hellos”, and had them eating out of our hands. . .climbing on our backs, arms, shoulders, heads and pulling on my earrings. We had smiles the entire tour.