Dropping Time

Ever wonder why evergreen trees seem to lose needles in the fall along with deciduous trees?  I thought they were supposed to stay “ever green!” But after strong winds and rain overnight, my driveway was covered in pine needles and oak leaves. The needles aren’t green, either! What’s going on? Continue reading Dropping Time

Morning Mist

Morning mist on the riverAs I sat by the mountain stream that morning enjoying the serenity of the moment, I thought about the mist.  It’s only there in the morning, until the sun warms the air and the water vapor disappears. It’s a beautiful sight, but you have to catch it at just the right time, or you’ll miss it! Continue reading Morning Mist

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!

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?

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