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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cucumber Magnolia

January 20th - Cucumber Magnolia

The Cucumber Magnolia is one of the approximately 100 species of Magnolia that live on our planet.

This Magnolia has a wintertime bud that is shaped like an elegant warmly-dressed white gloved finger, that seems to be pointing out the winter landscape.

Cucumber Tree, cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, 

Cucumber Tree, cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, 

Cucumber Tree, cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, 

Cucumber Tree, cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, 

Cucumber Tree, cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata, 




Sunday, January 10, 2016

Eastern Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana

Eastern Hophornbeam Catkins stay on the twigs throughout the winter.
Eastern Hophornbeam Bark has long shredded pieces of bark.
When visiting this tree in all seasons, notice the differences.  It is always a tree I can identify because of the catkins and bark.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Sassafras

Fall is in the air in Asheville, North Carolina.  The beautiful Sassafras tree is colored in orange and yellow.

Sassafras albidum

Fall Grasses


Thursday, May 21, 2015

My first Ponderosa Pine


My first Ponderosa Pine tree.

I took a train trip up Pikes Peak yesterday  with my sister and niece and great niece. The conductor, Ricky, led me on a short hike to my first Ponderosa Pine.  
He told me it would smell like butterscotch or vanilla.  I smelled butterscotch.  I have got to find out about this!
More later...from Colorado 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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