Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Naturalist Journey

A Naturalist Journey

A few weeks ago, an online auction was held in support of my daughter and son-in-law.  My son-in-law is in treatment for his pancreatic cancer.  We are so grateful for the support of all of our friends and family who participated in this auction and those who are sending prayers and good thoughts for Ryan, Brooke and Harper.

I donated a Naturalist Journey and was honored when one of our friends, bid and won this Journey. 

Here is a link to my Naturalist Journey as listed in the online auction.

If anyone else would like to experience this Journey,  I would be honored to come to your place and and create your own Naturalist's journey.   I will donate what you pay for your journey to Ryan and Brooke, to assist them with costs associated with Ryan's pancreatic cancer treatment.

"A Naturalist Journey - Location of your Choice!
with Naturalist Becky Priddy
I am offering a nature journey of the place you call home or a place in nature you connect with.
I will come to your home or place to be in nature and walk the land with you.
We will create a journal by observation, journaling and drawing.
We will observe the trees, the birds, the flowers, and the insects that share the land with you.
3 to 4 hours of observing, identifying, drawing, photographing, and journaling.
You can have 1 to 6 people included and children of all ages are welcome.
You will receive your nature journal in the mail within two weeks after we meet.
The journal will be yours to add entries to in the days ahead.
Cost:  $200.00, for the Asheville area.
Negotiable, if out of the area.
I am a naturalist certified by the North Carolina Environmental Educators
as well as the Great Smokey Mountains Tremont Institute."

Please contact me by email and we will plan your own Naturalist Journey.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pin Cherry
Prunus pensylvanica
March 23, 2016

By Superior National Forest (Prunus pennsylvanica 2  Uploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I find this tree up high on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are quite a few between graveyard fields and Black Balsam Knob Road.  The white flower blossoms are so beautiful as well as the fruit, the little red drupes that are on the trees in September.

This beautiful tree grows at the higher elevations of the southern Appalachians as well as in the northern part of the United States and Canada.  It is sometimes called Fire cherry for its ability to grow after forest fires. Many little Pin Cherrys will grow in an area that has had a fire, providing shade for seedlings of slower growing trees then it will only live 30 - 40 years.  When the end of its life is here, room is left for the new slower growing, bigger trees.

Another common name is bird cherry because so many birds eat the fruit.  

There are some of these little trees that grow up to 80 feet, and I read there is one in the Great Smokey Mtn. National Park.  I hope to find it this summer.

This tree reminds me to always be aware of opportunities for new growth.  Perhaps it reminds of this because it is the tree of new growth whenever a fire has happened.  Watch for the ways life presents itself to you; pay attention.  Is life showing you an opportunity to learn something new?  Perhaps to go somewhere you have not been?  Perhaps to see something new in nature that you have never seen?  Perhaps to making a new friend?

I hope you can find this tree one day and see what it has to say to you.  If this your birthday, I gift you with the idea to go find this tree and see what inspirations you receive.  Just be still and listen.

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12th - Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark Hickory - Carya Ovata

Shagbark Hickory, Carya ovata
This is the tree for today, February 12th.

This tree reminds me to let go of all that we do not need.  Just look how this tree is so shreddy in the bark.  (I like that work, shreddy, even if I do not think it is in any dictionary.)

This bark is why I am reminded to just let go.  Imagine going through life free of all the baggage we do not need.  Freeing, right?  I had coworkers that would walk in free handed without bags of stuff all over their arms.  Then there was me, a back pack, a lunch bag, a purse, a coat, hat, gloves, oh and the extra boots too!  Those co workers that just walked into work, free style, that is really the way to be in this life.  Free.

If this is your birthday, this is your tree.  So embrace the feeling of being free.  Imagine walking up a mountain dragging all of life's debris vs walking up that mountain free and breezy.

This lesson is for me for sure.  May I not be such a bag carrying lady tomorrow.


Shagbark Hickory in the wintertime?  Just look for that bark!

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


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