An Explosion Of Redbud

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My morning starts with the roll of thunder echoing through my mountains. Then the sound of rain beating on the roof. The Spring storm lulls me back to into a deep sleep until the songbirds come out and give the all clear. Once I was certain that things had dried up enough I stepped out of the door and into a world of beautiful colors. One of the most awaited sights of my Appalachian Mountains is the Redbud and today it’s in peak bloom.

The Redbud across from my front door is in full bloom. ( Image Titled “Redbud In Full Bloom 4720)

The mountain road that runs by my house is lined with Redbud which is a double blessing under lockdown conditions. I decided to get some sun and fresh air by taking my lens a little closer to beautiful trees.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720b”.

These early blooms are a God send for the hungry honeybees that have been living on their stores since November. The solitary bees are out in force as well and open flowers have even brought out the butterflies.

The first Zebra Swallowtail of 2020 has made an appearance.

A Zebra Swallowtail darts over the road but refused to be still long enough for a good photo.

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Redbud blooms are edible and rich in Vitamin C as well protein. For more about Redbud as a forage plant please refer to Forage Friday #3

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The trees are absolutely loaded with delicate pink flowers. The pea-like flowers burst directly from the branches and sometimes the trunk.

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The flowers won’t last long. Soon after the leaves form the flowers will fall away and leave the forest floor covered in pink confetti. But by mid summer these trees will be sporting bean pods. (The young pods are edible. Please see the link above. )

For now my mountain is in the pink and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Bridal Wreath

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The big blue truck doesn’t like spending to much time in the driveway. As headed out for my afternoon walk the headlights took on the appearance of eyes that followed me through the yard. “C’mon”they said. I stepped a little closer and jiggled a finger in my ear. Did I really just hear that? The engine seemed to growl a little and I heard “You know it’s not really good for moving parts to be still for too long.” I thought to myself, “Okay, I have been in front of the computer for too long and the Wi-Fi network has fried my brain. Ol’ Blue doesn’t really talk… Or does he?” I retrieved the mass of keys from my belt and clicked the button on the government that unlocks the doors of the truck. A mischievous grin forms across the bumper as I passed the fender and before I knew it the big blue truck was turning onto Peter’s Creek road. Ol’Blue knows the back roads well and took me to a place where we could get out of the house and still avoid any social distancing problems. Almost as soon as we left the main road I spotted a patch of brushes that looked like a small snow storm had taken place in a 12 foot long area.

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The bush is Spiraea prunifolia or more commonly known as “Bridal Wreath. Once planted as an ornamental along the borders of yards and gardens it has escaped into the wild places. The early Spring flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and many other pollinators. It’s viewed as an invasive species by naturalists but at the same time having those early blooms can also strengthen the pollenators populations and therefore pay off inn the long run.

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Ol’Blue must have known that I needed to see this one in all its glory as much as he needed to be on the road because it was awesome to find it quietly spreading it’s joy on the edge of the a back road.

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The New Leaves

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The late afternoon sum smiles across mountain and welcomes my exit from my day job. The opportunity to work from home has added so much life to my day! I’ve traded a morning stop by the river for a moment of peace and quiet for an afternoon stroll around my forest. The Swallowtail butterflies have already begun to soar gracefully across my window. They’re seen only for a moment as they search for the newly formed leaves and flowers in the bushes. The open window has also shown me that the bees are out searching for the fresh nectar. Those who feed the hummingbirds should be getting those feeders ready for the early arrivals! The computer screen goes dark and I’m free to step out the corporate world and directly into the real world. The songbirds are starting to get used to my presence. They don’t really get close but they don’t fly away as quickly. Today as I entered into the trees I was greeted by the brand new maple leaves. They’re fully formed but not fully open. Over the next day the roots will pump water into the leaves and the fuzz will fall away.

The texture of the new leaves.

I’m thrilled to have the green leaves in place of the bare twigs but the texture new leaves are fascinating as well. The repeated lines of the veins are a welcome consistent pattern in contrast to the randomness of twigs that have filled my world for the past four months. I lift my eyes up and soak in all the green spots on the hill and I can almost feel the life returning as the long slumber ends.

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One Appalachian Mountain Spring Morning.

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My songbirds are in full chorus as I make my way to my little forest sanctuary for a few minutes of tranquility. The late March air is cool and crisp but the soil is still charged with previous day’s sun.

I happen to look down and spot the little Virginia Spring Beauty standing proudly with pink striped pedals as if the Earth was saying “Look what I did!”

The guides say that this little plant with its peppermint candy colors and generally cheerful appearance a “common” wildflower. But just because something is plentiful shouldn’t imply that it’s common. The flowers will only last a short time during which they feed some 23 different species of native bees. They also have some food value for people but I’m going to go over that in tomorrow’s Forage Friday post. For now I’m content to simply enjoy their appearance and sit quietly in their presence among the budding trees and listen to Cardnials as they sing from the highest perches they can find. I’ve began to keep an eye out for the Fiddleheads that should soon unfurl and push back the leaves. I became fully immersed in nature to the point where was acutely aware of even the popping sounds of small insects jumping in the dry leaves. Then, the morning sun casts a beam across the moss covered log that serves as a boundary market and and sun dial. It’s nearly time for me to make my way back to the house and begin my day job. But not without taking a few more shots for tomorrow night’s post.

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Hidden Blessings

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The big blue truck has been parked for the better part of a week now. Fortunate is the one who has the opportunity to be sequestered in the Appalachian Mountains as the Spring season comes on. Even more so when that happens to coincide with my day off. I awoke to sound of the rain ebbing away softly into parts unknown beyond the ridge line. The window of my bedroom relays the golden smile of the morning sun and the birds begin to join the morning chorus.

As my mountain awakes to the new day I make my way to my woodland sanctuary on the edge of my property. Several of the robins take to the lower branches as I breech the invisible barrier between yard and forest. The ground is carpeted with life. Small flowers look up and smile where just 24 hours ago only the promise of something that might be held the ground. Among the new arrivals is one that’s not normally present this early. Geranium maculatum or wild geranium. I normally don’t see them until we’re well into April. And, this one seems to be the only one right now. But I know that where one thrives others are breaking through the leaf litter yet unseen. Blessings are like that. They’re coming wether you see them or not. But if you just look around you’ll find them when they arrive.

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My Morning Walk In Late March

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I tread lightly and carefully as a I stalk my way through the new plants that are erupting from the ground beneath my feet. Just 24 hours ago the land was still brown but today lush green mayapple and delicate little spring beauties are dotted all through the pathway.

But I wasn’t really expecting to see the buckeyes in full leaves. Yesterday there was only buds but today I have actual leaves in my forest. As far the buckeyes themselves go they have saponin in them and can be used for “survival soap”. The wood is too soft for construction but is awesome for wood carvings. But mostly it’s just envigoreating to see leaves in my forest!

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Waking Up & Waiting

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After the rain stops my mountain comes alive with songbirds. They dart hither and yon between the feeders trying their best to stay hidden. As the days progress I see more and more signs that warmer days are drawing closer. The texture of the forest has begun to change. The buds on the trees are really swollen and will soon erupt into lush greenery. The sound of Little Elk Creek giggling as it flows to the Gauley River also fills the air. The next mark on my natural calendar us the Mayflowers and Trout Lilies. I have noticed the variations in the colorsof the forest floor that tells me that something is bursting through the leaf litter. Patches of bright green break up the plane of dull brown hillsides. The mists are rising from the earth instead of settling upon it which tells me that the ground is warmer than air. It’s time to start prepping the garden when the soil wakes. I stepped over to the Orange Azalea and judging by the scales that have fallen off it won’t be much longer before it opens up and springs to life. In some ways I feel like I’m returning to life along with it.

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