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Sunrise II at Dolly Sods

The Dolly Sods Wilderness — originally simply Dolly Sods — is a U.S. Wilderness Area in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, and is part of the Monongahela National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Dolly Sods is a rocky, high-altitude plateau with sweeping vistas and lifeforms normally found much farther north in Canada. The distinctive landscape of “the Sods” is characterized by stunted (“flagged”) trees, wind-carved boulders, heath barrens, grassy meadows created in the last century by logging and fires, and sphagnum bogs that are much older. The name derives from an 18th-century German homesteading family — the Dahles — and a local term for an open mountaintop meadow — a “sods”.

Just before dawn, the almost sunrise lights the sky and illuminates the Allegheny Mountains.

Just before dawn, the almost sunrise lights the sky and illuminates the Allegheny Mountains.

Pair of White Trillium

The White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is one of the spring wildflowers that can be found in the late spring in Eastern North America.

The White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is one of the spring wildflowers that can be found in the late spring in Eastern North America.