Monday, September 21, 2015


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

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.