Weekend Wandering

Some pictures from Long Branch Environmental Education Center. This place was pretty neat. Some pictures from a short walk in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, an old growth […]

Garden Poppies

Playing around with evening light and the poppies growing in my garden. (Also realizing it’s time for me to figure out how to clean the sensor on […]

Sam’s Knob

Went out to my favorite spot over the weekend. Dodder has taken over the high spot above the meadow below Sam’s Knob. Flowers in the meadow. Lots […]

Garden Critters and Blooms

Flying Cloud Farm is only 6 miles from my apartment. They have community UPick flower fields, so I find myself there with my macro lens pretty often. […]

January, so far.

You guessed it. Another moody, gloomy, winter botanicals post. I can’t get enough of these dreamy vintages lenses. I could walk around anywhere all day and not […]

Garden Project – June Update

The garden has quadrupled in size. (Hoping that diatomaceous earth will take care of what I think are flea beetles munching on the eggplant.)

Congaree National Park

There is a national park in the middle of nowhere in the middle of South Carolina. Who knew. It’s a pretty cool place with a really neat […]

Cat Gap Loop

Some pictures from a walk on Cat Cap Loop trail in Pisgah National Forest. The lady slippers were not quite ready to bloom, but hopefully I’ll see […]

Garden Project – update

The beds are set up and all of the planting happened over the weekend! We have ten different tomato plants (at least), basil, eight different pepper plants […]

Garden Project

Early in the spring I started a container garden outside my front door. Here are early photos from the first week of May: Here are photos from […]

Early morning walk in the dew

Here are some photos from a really nice morning a few weeks ago. I woke up early and saw that my corner of the world was drenched […]

Laurens, South Carolina

Upstate South Carolina is full of old textile towns and I think they’re so fun to explore. Even though it’s much hotter down there, I could spend […]

Appalachian Spring Wildflowers: Part 1

Some photos from a few different walks in the woods in April. Jack-in-the-pulpit, more spring beauty, trillium, fleabane, more ragwort, dutchman’s breeches, tons of violets, and a […]

Moon shots

Some shots of the moon as we lead up to a (hopefully clear) full moon weekend – the first full moon with my new lens.

Bloodroot on the Appalachian Trail

Spending time in the woods yesterday reminded me of yet another Mary Oliver poem: ‘How I go to the woods’. Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, […]

Soft mornings

There is magic in quiet mornings. Mary Oliver sums it up in one of my favorite poems, ‘Softest of Mornings’. (Okay, every poem Mary Oliver ever wrote […]

Moon and birds

I took my new zoom lens out for its first spin during an early morning moonrise. I quickly learned variable aperture = learning curve. The sun was […]

Up Popped the Crocus

I was walking through a residential neighborhood in West Asheville earlier in the week when I spotted dozens of crocus on the edge of the lawn ahead. […]


Just some pics from February. The flowers have started to pop up, so this will be my last gloomy post for a while. Pics from Catawba Falls. […]

Light and Shadow

Found some free time and sunshine over the weekend. The quiet time was lovely and it was fun experimenting with light and shadows. Mulatu even sat still […]

Nine Million Rainy Days

Today I took an afternoon walk during what seems like the mine millionth day of gloomy, wintry rain and snow. Here are some pictures of things that […]

Inside Newry Mill

I found some backup and went back to explore the inside of the old Newry cotton mill. Once you’re inside it isn’t as spooky as I thought […]


The last few Decembers have been tricky. Emotionally exhausting. Sad. Gloomy. Anxiety all the time. The gray December weather never helps. Right now I’m feeling pretty ready […]

Newry Mill

An unexpected day off last week led to exploring an abandoned mill in South Carolina. I was alone, and it was too spooky to go inside, but […]


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