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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Box Elder, Acer negundo in January.

Box Elder, Acer negundo
photo by Robert Priddy
I visited the Box Elder on January 1st in West Asheville at the riverfront park.  The Box Elder is so beautiful this time of year with the samaras still holding on in the winter sunlight.  If you happen to be out on a winter's day walk in West Asheville by the river, be on the lookout for the Box Elder tree.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall is in the air around Asheville, North Carolina.  I took a trip on the Parkway a few days ago and here are some of the beautiful sights that spoke to my soul.  If you are near the Parkway, take a trip to see nature's beauty and fill your soul with the blessings of earth!

Fall Evening on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Sunset in October.

Fall Evening on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Sunset in October
Flowering Dogwood, 

Mountain Ash, Sorbus americana


Mountain Ash, Sorbus americana

Mountain Ash, Sorbus americana

Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica

Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica

Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Finding the signs of Fall


On my walk today, I was looking for signs of Fall.  Everyone to go outside and look for at least ten signs of Fall.  Please write to me and tell me what you find.  While you are looking for the signs of Fall, use all of your senses; get into the moment and really listen, smell, look, feel, and taste.  Here are the signs of fall that I experienced.

1st sign of fall, yellowing leaves on the Yellow Birch tree.
Yellow Birch
2nd sign of fall, red berries on the dogwood trees.
Dogwood Tree
3rd sign of fall, yellow leaves on the Frasier Magnolia tree
Fraser Magnolia
4th sign of fall, Basswood leaves getting lacey holes in the leaves.
Basswood Tree leaves
5th sign of fall, Devils Walking Stick tree changing colors.
Devil's walking stick changing colors
6th sign of fall, Dahlias in bloom.
Dahlia in bloom
Dahlia in Bloom
7th sign of fall, Yellow fall wildflowers are everywhere.

8th sign of fall, A big blue Carolina sky.

My 9th sign of fall, listening to the fall insects singing.

My 10th sign of fall, was the feel of coolness in the air.

You know life happens every day, time ticks by second by second.  We get so busy at work and school and home.  Take time from your day and notice what is happening around you in nature.
Parents, I challenge you to take your kids outside and sit with them on the earth, walk in the woods, walk down the street in your neighborhood.  Get outside and notice what is happening all around you. Ask your kids to notice ten changes that are happening in nature as our season is changing to fall.

Write to me and tell me the changes you observe.










Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Serviceberry Tree - September 16

Serviceberry Tree leaf in late summer.
Today is the day for the Serviceberry Tree.  Some of the leaves this time of year are still holding on. On this tree, most of the leaves have fallen off already.

This tree gets their flowers on the branches really early in the spring and the leaves fall off before most other trees.  With this early life habit going on with tree, this tree reminds me that getting up early in the morning is really an amazing thing to do.  I am getting up really early lately,  I am getting up before the sun and am really really enjoying the bird song each morning and watching the sky lighten before the sun shows in the sky.

I hope everyone can get to know a Serviceberry tree.  May you each find one in your life.


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Sycamore Tree. Sept 15th


The Summer is coming to a close and Fall is in the air.  Today, I went to the visit the Sycamore that lives here, at Priddy Woods.  The Sycamore has this incredible bark.  I always think the Sycamore is reminding us to let go of whatever we do not need to carry around in the life.  Thank you for reminding me of that, Sycamore!  You can see more images of the Sycamore on this blog if you want to see more images of bark and leaves.  See the name Sycamore on the right?  That is the place.
Enjoy these last few days of Summer.  Listen to the insects at night, its music!


Friday, August 29, 2014

My NW Adventure



While in the Pacific Northwest, I am getting aquainted with some trees that are familiar but slightly different.  I am thinking these are very close to the Sweetgum and Mountain Ash back home in North Carolina.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer trees and flowers and acorns

Chestnut Oak, Quercus prinus, Quercus montana
Summer trees are so green and lush and filled with life.  Some are filled with flowers and some are growing their new acorns.  Most trees are hosting a wide many kinds of insects and birds and squirrels; you know this by all the sounds that are heard this time of year.  This is absolutely one of most favorite times of year because of all the colors and flowers and smells and sounds!   A very beautiful Chestnut Oak is right outside my window where I am sitting right now.  It is filled with mature deep green leaves that are drinking in the summer rain. There are many new acorns growing in the tree that are a light green color.  A downy woodpecker just stopped by for a visit to the Chestnut Oak as well as several titmice and chickadees.  Oh, do I love summer in the trees.

A bit of news here:
I am cancelling the class on August 2nd at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville,  I went back to work full time and have to plan future classes on days that I am not scheduled to be at work.

I will keep you posted on future classes.  Meanwhile, I will be keeping up with the tree measurements and adding the trees to the Asheville tree map.  www.ashevilletreemap.org

I will also keep posting about the Southern appalachian trees on this blog as well as editing my book, more info on that later.

Here are a few more images I recently photographed that illustrate another reason just why I love summer so very much.



Get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature this summer.  Each day is a true blessing to be alive; so take it all in.  Notice your surroundings, take a deep breath and be in the moment - a summer moment.