Just when the lichens were all beginning to blur together, some other captivating bits of creation began to poke themselves up through the leaves.
Millipede, Sigmoria nantahalae, an apt species name. Smelled like almond flavoring.
Pipevine, identified by the scratch-and-sniff test. No leaves or flowers yet. No butterflies either.
Xylaria longiana (fungus)
Swirly rocks (official name)
Reminded me of broccoli. Reminded someone else of saxifrage.
Mountain Saxifrage, growing in the rock face next to the trail
Breaking Buckeye Bud
As we were leaving the park for the day, the sun came out and a brilliant rainbow arced across the sky. We ended up driving right past the end of the rainbow - breathtaking!