A Call To Summer

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Shadows slowly creep down the mountains in the cool of the evening. The big blue truck coasts to a halt. The solstice wouldn’t be for another 24 hours but the natural calendar doesn’t care for such restraints. Already a few Black-eyed Susans have sprung to life to share their sunny smiles. With golden manes in full display each one presents itself proudly to the like colored orb which wakes them from their slumber. The season of fire and fun has begun. Long days of swimming in the lake and wading in the shade of the creeks and rivers. They call us to roast weenies and marshmallows over a campfire and listen to the tales of the one that got away. Summer has begun. Grab ahold with both hands and treasure every moment for all too soon the chill in the wind will strip away the lush green and fill the world with amber.

Image Titled “Black-eyed Susan 62020b”

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Even A Mountain Can’t Hold Back Time

Hello Friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Dogwood Flowers 5220c” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Traveling up the mountain in spring is almost equal to time travel. The higher elevations and solar angles seem to delay botanical spring by a few weeks. The Dogwood trees that are closer to my house have already begun to drop their bloom and leaf out. But the top of the mountain is another world. The highlands are an aesthetic echo in harmony with the bottomlands for a short time. By the time I arrived to my father’s land the sun was low in the sky and encroaching on the horizon. As the last rays of daytime sweep across the pasture and fall on the forest edge they illuminate the white flowers that grace the branches of one of the Dogwood trees. I noticed that centers were now more golden than green. And that small green leaves are beginning to adorn the branches and twigs. Even the mountains cannot hold back time forever. Eventually the season of warmth and growth comes and the early flowers fade to make room for the next progression. And what wonders will be wrought by season of the sun! Warm breezes and dancing lights in evening. Carefree days of soaking in the sun on the deck of a boat and ice cream brought to the window of a car. Long strolls around campgrounds and friends that only near while old Sol rules the sky. For in 1 month his days are equaled and the shadows await their own time.

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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.

Image Titled “Redbud 4720c”

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

Image Titled “Redbud 4720d”

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

Image Titled “Redbud 4720d”

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.

Image Titled “Bridal Wreath 32920b

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.

Image Titled Bridal Wreath 32920c

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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Did you know that I also do portraits by appointment? If you’re interested in a portrait session either message me on Facebook or Use the Contact form. The YouTube link below takes you one of my slideshows.

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