24 March 2009

Walking in the woods

Last weeks blog was all about flower photos that I took while we were in Florida. Since I forgot to mention that, one friend thought that those photos were taken here at home. This week I will take you with me on a walk through the woods near our lovely old home, and show you what is blooming. This stream goes under the road at the far end of our usual walking route. I am starting down there because we power walked to that point for my PE class. We took the longer route to get here so I could take some spring time photos. This is the same view from another angle. There are tiny fish in here. They average 2 to 3 inches long. I did not see any today. imagine sitting here and listening to the burbling stream and lots of birds. We heard a wild dove as well as various unknown chirpers. This is one of the most peaceful places that I know of. If you look to the left of the road, you will see a tree with pink blossoms. I do not know what it is, but it is lovely. It probably smells great too, but I am allergic to spring time and can't smell a thing right now. (It is worth it, no way am I staying indoors right now) This is a close up of the pink blossoms. The woods are so peaceful this afternoon. It feels like we are miles away from everyone. My Sweet Hubby has been taking walks with me for several years now. He is good company. The walks are good for both of us, physically and mentally.
I could have labeled this photo "Trouble ahead". See the yellow buds? When they open up they will release clouds of Pine Pollen. It coats everything. The porches, the vehicles, anything that is outside and not moving fast enough. It is a serious allergen.
This vine is Carolina Jasmine.
This photo is Forsythia. It is usually a domestic plant, here it is growing wild, off in the woods. There are Narcissus nearby. Makes me wonder if there wasn't another house there with a garden at some point in the past.
The sign says "No Hunting".
This is a closeup of the base on the tree above. Can't you just see a fairy peeking around the corner? Hm, maybe I will have to do something about that.
That is home, still a little ways away. I am looking across a field where baby pine trees have been planted to replace those that were harvested last year. Almost there.
This Ivy draped Oak, is in my front yard. It is such an incredible old thing. At this point, I think the Ivy is holding the tree up.
My Dogwood is getting ready to bloom.
Iris and Lavender. The Iris were here when we came. I planted the Lavender.

This unusual flower is growing under the Ivy oak. I don't know what it is or where it came from, it is the only one I have seen. I love it.
The stream at the beginning is 1.2 miles from my house. Our usual walk used to be down there and back at a leisurely stroll. Since I started taking this class, I have to monitor my heart rate and keep it within a certain range for a set amount of time. In order to do this, we are moving a lot faster. So yesterday, we took the long route down, there is a side road that adds some distance. Then by the time we got to the stream, we could slow down and take some photos. When the class is over, we plan on keeping the pace up, we will just go farther so we can slow down and enjoy as well.
Would you care to join us?

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pictures :) Could the little flower be a double (or more) daffodil? We had a tree that was wrapped around by ivy. Sadly it wasn't on our land and was cut down. As it fell, the trunk split neatly in two, lengthways where the ivy had grown deep into it. It was an amazing sight.

    Kim x


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