Quercus falcata | Leaf Portraits


Feeling the need to be a little creative these days I decided to try doing leaf portraits, similar to the fruit and vegetable portraits I did last year. I’m actually planning on incorporating more of the tree into the portraits such as any interesting twigs, seeds, and flowers if they are available. I did this […]

Magnolia Seed Season


It’s the season for magnolias to be fruiting and opening up to show their candy sized red seeds. This is our ‘Little Gem’ and all of the other species trees in the area are doing the same thing. Someday in the future our short 4-5′ tree will be tall and grand….someday.

Gingers in the Garden


We have a new section of garden to plant and one of the areas includes a shady spot under our fig tree. Because that area is also semi-protected, being on the south side of the house, it means we can plant some not-so-cold-tolerant species like this ginger. Chris and I were dazzled by this ‘Dancing […]

The First Day of Autumn


Carolina anole sleeping (until I woke it up) on our baobab tree. Bumblebees are drinking heavily from the white firewheel flowers. After growing all summer the Brugmansia are finally going to flower. A new addition to the garden, chocolate plant—Pseuderanthemum alatum. Isis sleeping in the front flower bed. Starfish cactus sending out a bloom. I’m […]

The Last Day of Summer


Formosa lilly with love bugs Blackberry lilies Hyacinth bean pod Ruby prowling in the garden On this last day of summer, the light was nearly perfect in the afternoon. Morning started off cloudy and grey, a bit of mist here and there. We only received a little over an inch of rain throughout all of […]

Wildness | WG Jones State Forest


Heading east down the Middle Lake Trail (not to be confused with the Middle Lake Hiking Trail), I came to the Deep Gully Trail. To the north it was another wide dirt roadway, to the south I saw a fairly well worn but slightly overgrown singletrack. Feeling adventurous I decided to try the singletrack. Worst […]

Middle Lake Explorations | WG Jones State Forest


When I arrived at Middle Lake I saw several fishermen on the south end. I spotted a park bench on the east side of the lake and had to wade through calf deep grass to get there. A path was not worn well in this direction. Lake levels were down due to the summer and […]

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