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Friday, September 12, 2008
Blue of the Blue Ridge Mountains
As a mini-get-a-way and a way to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mom, some of the girls in the family have come together in a most peaceful cabin setting in the Blue Ridge mountains. With no other cabins in sight and only the sounds of crickets, birds and the crackle of the outdoor fireplace, we are all finding ourselves winding down from our particular busyness and easily relaxing with the change of pace here.
My sister, Marmee, has more photos up at her site and I know she would be more than happy to welcome you and share with you, if you are so inclined to pop over and pay her visit.
Taking a mountain hike is a must to discover our surroundings up close and personal. With so many majestic views to capture I was certain you'd want to come along. The limelight hydrangeas dripping over the railing are at their peak. We can't grow them in my neck of the woods so I am drooling over their clustered limey petals with that soft blush of pink around the edges.
Wild flowers abound of which I do not know the names but the colors and textures are a delight to behold anyway.
... Bees buzzing everywhere doing their all important flower hopping.
Flowers growing tall above the brush in pink sprays (is this sedum or Joe pye weed or....?) of splendor adding to the mountain mystique.
Poke berries dangling from their vine helping me to realize autumn is in the air.
None of these flowers grow down in my part of the world. So its worthy to note my childlike feelings of discovery everytime I visit the mountains. I am in wonderment of the remarkably beautiful flora flourishing roadside without any help from humans.
... so many colors, forms, textures, and variety appealing to the gardener and nature lover in the deepest part of my soul.
A sea of white wild flowers lined an entire side road providing so much nectar for butterflies and bees in these woodlands.
It's been a treat for me to take you along on my photo journey. I hope you've liked sharing this special time with me on the first leg of my mountain hike. I've taken so many photos it seemed necessary to break them up into more than one post. We're not leaving until tomorrow so surely there are more adventures to be had as well.
Here's to hoping you enjoy your weekend. Meems