Spring on the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia
Image: by D L Ennis, Blue Ridge Parkway
Spring is a wonderful time of year to take the family for a leisurely ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is not a lot of traffic yet and won’t be until after Memorial Day. There are plenty of beautiful and safe places to have a picnic and let the kids run and play.
To me springs new growth that fills natures pallet with varying shades of green in the form of new foliage on the mixed deciduous forest, the ever present evergreens of cedar, white and yellow pine, and the Douglas Fir and the blossoms of the redbud and dogwood are the major attraction.
Image right: by D L Ennis, Spring on the Parkway
It seems that around every bend your eyes meet with the soft lavender to pink blossoms of the redbud, and often times the branches and flowers of the dogwood are intertwined with them. If there is a haven it would have to be adorned in the fresh foliage and blossoms of spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Image left: by D L Ennis, Spring on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Before the gentle beauty of spring wanes into the deeper shades of summer, if it is possible, take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the meditative beauty of a Blue Ridge spring, you’ll be glad you did!