I visited my parents up in the North Carolina mountains in mid November. It was clearly a time of transition from Fall to Winter. Leaves still falling, but most of them a dull brown already blanketing the ground and crunching loudly when you walk. Very few flowers, mushrooms, or insects. I've never taken so few photos on a trip up there! Oh, but believe me, I still have plenty... The Ruins Trail (Alexander Farm ruins) at Warren Wilson College: Th e old dam at Warren Wilson College:
Everything was looking beautiful after a thunderstorm this afternoon. I'm sure all the mushrooms didn't just pop out of the ground right after the rain, but it looked like they did!
I have been too busy working for many outdoor adventures, but I did get to spare a couple hours to visit a local park. What wonders! I am crazy about this little mushroom... And many other things... The last one is a very camouflaged insect on a tree trunk. One must look closely in the woods, you never know what you will find.
Here are some photos from a very foggy and rainy day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. No views from the overlooks, and a little spooky driving through that fog at times, but also... stunning. And different. The colors of the mountain rocks came out in the drizzling rain. It felt like a day for soup and hot cocoa, a nice feeling to have for a Florida girl in July. The fog and rain also meant no birds. I just found a few Junco's and this one little Chestnut-Sided Warbler. And these are a few from the yard during sunset, having...
Last week when I was in North Carolina I spent a lot of time watching the birds around my parents house. This time the highlight was definitely the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, of which there are 4 frequenting the feeder. Very entertaining as they were almost always there, often chattering and fighting with each other. Another highlight, babies! There were 6 or 7 Wild Turkey babies. And many juvenile birds coming to the feeder, plus a family of Bluebird's with 3 juveniles out in the field, stayed too high for photos but I admired them very much with my binoculars.