Earth Day 2015 & The Tree Who Lived

Earth-Day-2015

Today I learned…

A tree of ours is healing itself from the outside-in! The tree callus is visible now, where it wasn’t just a few months ago. I never knew trees had self-healing properties, did you?

I look forward to photo-documenting the tree as time marches on so the healing progress will be visible. Every “tree of distinction” near our house has been earning a name, and this one for our reference has been named Harry Potter – the tree with the scar. 🙂

Harry Potter Tree
December 2014

The photograph to the left was taken December 2014, and healing is not yet visible. Click the photo to see it larger…

Now, compare that photo, to the one below, taken today (April 2015). It’s only been a few months, isn’t that amazing!

Trees are wonderful. Happy Earth Day from our tree(s) to yours!

April 2015
April 2015

All photos above were taken in Asheville, North Carolina 2014-2015.

The Flight of the Bumblebee…

Caught my attention…

Flight of the BumblebeeI was on my way to photograph flowers in bloom in our yard, and did not have my camera settings prepared for an action shot. So this is what they call a “lucky capture”! Thank you Mr. Bumblebee for holding still an extra second longer!

And I must say, I’m ever grateful for Google Image Search. My intention today was Flower-Indentification – and I did it! Today I learned, these flowers are Azaleas! The pink ones above aren’t doing so well and I’m not sure why exactly, but the red ones below are quite healthy and happy.

Azaleas in BloomHappy Spring!

Just Around the Corner

April is pretty darn amazing. Definitely pretty. And absolutely amazing. I love that I can just step outside with my camera and grab some neat shots. Hopefully my neighbors don’t think I’m spying on them as I admire their gardens.

How does nature know what to do? 

April 4 2015 Spring 1

April 4 2015 Spring 2

April 4 2015 Spring 3

The Forest Awaits!

April 2015 Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Photo taken April 1, 2015: Bent Creek Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest)

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz