I just can't resist. It is April, after all, the greatest growing month of all. Two of the places where I have been recently have to be shared here before summer takes us over. So next week I will continue with the alphabet, but today it is NEW ENGLAND and APPALACHIA.
|I was fascinated by the pairing of skunk cabbage and American False Hellebore (Veratrum viride). I grew up with skunk cabbage in our neighborhood swamp in Connecticut, but I never noticed Hellebore. The texture on these leaves intrigues me!|
|Couldn't resist the Appalachian in the name. I plan to research this soon. (Appalachian barren-strawberry)|
|The leaf of the bloodroot plant grows after the flowers have finished.|
|I've never seen these charmers before, but I went for the artistic view, and now I can't read the signage!|
|This sign works better! The mottled look of the leaves covers up somewhat for the sunlight that can so easily make plants look washed out mid-afternoon.|
Any questions about the New England photos can be answered by Robin. Any at all! I expect to have a few more precise titles soon.
When I returned home to Appalachia a week ago, I knew I would have missed many of my April favorites. So yesterday I precariously sat in one place near our first waterfall and took several photos of different things I saw. Four of these "seeings" are next. I love doing that. I see so much more playing with my camera than if I just walked by. And the variety invariably astounds me. Again, I was there when the afternoon was no longer cloudy, so the sun is a challenge for the photos.
Thank goodness for Aprils every year. And for treasures in our lives.
|where I came from|
|the waterfall the stream goes over|
|right above me -- a photo I need to switch to black and white!|
|the log bridge on the way back to the house|
a bit steep, back near our second