Mountain ash and its vibrant berries burst into color at Grandfather Mountain’s Half Moon Overlook. Unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain have delayed significant color development, but an incoming cold front could prove beneficial to the color change. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

 

One of Grandfather Mountain’s resident elk takes a leisurely stroll near the boulders and colorful red maples that adorn his environmental habitat. Photo by Victoria Darlington | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation