I Can’t See You!

On our trip south this past summer, my husband and two of our children hiked up Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi. I drove up with our third to “rescue” them from the top!  Once you’ve driven as far as you can, there is still a short hike to reach the summit. I took this picture from the top of Mount Mitchell, looking at one of the nearby peaks as the clouds were rolling in.  That peak seemed to disappear as the clouds moved in, and even some trees nearby became hard to see. I knew they were still there, even if I couldn’t see them anymore. Continue reading I Can’t See You!

How Are You Training?

McAfee's Knob

I survived the climb to the most-photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail!

McAfee Knob, overlooking the Catawba Valley in Virginia, is reached by hiking upwards 1,700 feet over a distance of about 4.4 miles.  Hiking.com states, “You will get a good workout.”  That’s putting it mildly, to say the least!! Continue reading How Are You Training?

Anyone for Coffee?

Chicory  I was driving the other morning, and saw these flowers blooming alongside the roads everywhere.  They didn’t seem to mind how fertile the soil was, as in some places they were the only plant thriving.  I enjoyed the view all the way to my destination, when suddenly their name rang out from some deep recesses of my memory. Continue reading Anyone for Coffee?

Mushrooms or Toadstools?

Mushroom

As I was heading out to pick raspberries this afternoon, I discovered mushrooms growing in the yard.  I took a tour, and found three different kinds!  So I snapped a few pictures, and decided to do a little research.  Wow, did I learn a few interesting things…where was I in Biology class?? Continue reading Mushrooms or Toadstools?

Kingdom Seeds

Grass Seed

Seeds. The ultimate goal of every seed-producing plant. Yes, plants make their own food, but they use that energy with the final aim of making seeds. Some produce beautiful flowers, but their aim is not to provide us with something to “ooh” and “aah” over; they are attracting insects for pollination…to produce seeds! Some plants flower, then give us tasty fruit, enticing us to eat and then spread…seeds! Continue reading Kingdom Seeds

What is That?

So this thing fell out of a tree and onto our yard a few weeks ago. My husband and I couldn’t agree about what it was. I was positive it must be some type of moss, and he was just as certain that it was a type of lichen. So, thanks to Google, the point goes to…my dear husband!

I know you’re simply dying to know now, so I’ll enlighten you.  Continue reading What is That?

Crop Development

The wild black raspberries growing in our backyard don’t need any help from us. They’re quite independent, spreading out a bit more and producing a slightly larger crop every year. This year we may get enough to try a jam recipe!

The thing is, the berries aren’t all ready for picking at the same time. Some are black and juicy, some smaller and bright red, and some are smaller still, mostly green with barely a hint of red showing. Continue reading Crop Development