Monday, June 29, 2015

Mt. Mitchell view

The air was quite clear today, post cool front pushing the heat from the Southern Appalachians for a while.

Here were two views from Mt. Mitchell today.

Click to see the larger images!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Trees in sunset light

The late evening light illuminated the ravine forest in sunset.  Neither of my cameras (iPhone 6 or venerable Nikon D100) did it justice -- not surprisingly.

They were surprisingly equivalent in the flattened light that they captured.  This is a photoshopped version of the iPhone image.

Still not what I saw in the magical evening light.

Friday, June 26, 2015

More fireflies

They're flashing from ground level to canopy again this evening. Magical.

I poked around to see if I could find a decent image to share, with no luck (either highly enhanced images or not very good ones).

Certainly my camera(s) can't do justice to the biological flashing in the dark, programmed by selection to attract mates. It's lovely to watch and an unexpected summer treat.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A pop-up flower shop

My garden group (an eclectic federated garden club) recently had a meeting where we created flower arrangements to go to a local hospice care facility.

One of our members is a nurse there, and a couple (that are new members) suggested the program.

It was delightful.

We all brought flowers and foliage from our own gardens, or snagged flowers from commercial outlets, and we created MANY lovely arrangements.

 It was a great experience, and hopefully brought some remembrance and respite to folks at the hospice facility.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


It's not easy to get photos of fireflies, but just imagine their flashing from ground level to canopy.

We've been treated to evening displays for days now. Lovely, and unexpected.

Normally, we'd have sucessional waves, from ground to canopy over weeks, not days - so it's a treat to see the night sky full of flashes.

Years ago, in Maryland, we saw similar views in the canopy forest below the house we rented in summer (while during field work). Nice to see that again in our urban ravine forest behind the house.


Morning view

Orchid, cyclamen and banana bran muffins


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