We took a number of late afternoon hikes at the Bass Lake in the first two weeks of October. We were there for our usual fall vacation. The first two days were foggy and rainy because of the rain system the southeast had for two weeks. After that, though, we had some of the most beautiful weather we've ever had there.
October 4, 2015
They were rebuilding the heart ponds last year so it was great to see them this year.
The stream was very full.
October 6, 2015
This was the first year we'd ever seen crayfish in the heart ponds.
There were a lot of wonderful mushrooms after all the rain.
A lot has happened the last few months* so I haven't been blogging. However, a new, wonderful, Paperhand show can get me blogging again!
Here are some of my favorite photos from tonight's show. Shows continue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7 pm (and some matinees) at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill - through September 7 - with performances at the Art Museum in Raleigh the following weekend. For more details, check their website.
Some of the Tiny Things
* Having a wonderful time being a Hot Box Girl in a community theater production in July and a not wonderful time with a partial thyroidectomy two weeks ago. I'm healing well, though (so far).
I always get excited by the first daffodils and crocuses of the spring - particularly after really cold winters like this last one.
Daffodils at the bottom of the back steps - March
When we get to the dogwoods and azaleas blooming, I want to squeeze every bit of bloomy goodness out of the season.
Duke Gardens - last Wednesday
Things calm down a little bit in the later spring. Not too much, though - I love the columbines all over the yard.
Columbines in the front yard (all the rest of the photos are from this afternoon)
Forget-me-nots and columbines
Columbine and star of Bethlehem
Later-blooming azaleas in the backyard
I bought this 12 years ago as a 6" tall, pitiful, heavily discounted azalea. It's happy where it is, and it spreads all over
Lily of the Valley is my favorite scent
We ate lunch outside today. Every year, after the first rush of daffodil/dogwood/azaleas blooms is over, it always hits me that this will last until late October. For the next six months, something will be in bloom somewhere in the yard!