Rhododendron Past Bloom, Roan Mountain, Pisgah National Forest

Here is an image from a short trip I took to the southern Appalachians. I visited parts of the Tennessee/North Carolina border, as well as areas further south in NC. Overall, the area is just amazing, and I am looking forward to a trip back down there, perhaps in autumn. This particular image is of a Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense) just days after shedding its beautiful pink petals. I quite liked the simple shapes of the rhododendron branching outwards from the ground, and of course the carpet of pink. While I was certainly hoping to see some flowers in full bloom, I'm happy that I was able to make the most of the situation and create a unique image.

Rhododendron Past Bloom, Roan Mountain, North Carolina, United States.