The air is honeyed with a mix of linden, holly, lily and lotus.

The mountain laurel has no scent, but these massive plants, towering 15-20 feet, cover more than an acre of our forest. They are some of the world’s oldest blooming plants. The primitive flowers have no petals as we commonly know them, but unfold as origami crepe. Their undersides are slightly sticky to the touch.

Photos do not do this fairy landscape justice, but I’ve done my best to bring this beauty to you.

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This pathway, measuring more than half an acre, is completely surrounded by mountain laurel, cresting overhead in a wave of white.

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The forest protected blossoms glow as ghosts, but a curious feature of the laurel is it blushes pink when grown in direct sunlight. This plant is 20 feet tall.

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