Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring is blooming trees full of flowers and bird song filling the air.

Last week in Cookeville, Tennessee, I was at my sister's house.  I was able to visit these trees and see all the flowers and leaves emerging on the trees.  Birds were singing, butterflies were flying, the sun was shining.  Spring is so filled with new life.  Take time each day this spring and get outside and take it all in.  Live your life in this moment and enjoy nature.

Pink Dogwood

Silver Maple

Silver Maple
Silver Maple
Flowering Dogwood

Southern Red Oak
Southern Red Oak

Southern Red Oak
Southern Red Oak

Mockernut Hikory

Mockernut Hickory
terminal bud

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lanterns of the Winter Forest

American Beech

American Beech

American Beech

American Beech as seen from the Bamboo Hideaway

We are the Lanterns of the Winter Forest, like the Beech trees.
Get outside this winter and find your own Beech trees.  They are so beautiful.  If you do not know where to find your Beech trees, let me know and I will give you some idea.
Leave me a comment or email me.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Paw Paw Tree

The PawPaw Tree

This drawing of the PawPaw tree with a Yellow Billed Cuckoo by John James Audubon is my favorite drawing of a PawPaw tree.  I think because I love the Yellow Billed Cuckoo.  (and the song about the yellow billed cuckoo)

The folk ballad from Clarence Ashley in the 1920's goes:

"...Oh the Cuckoo, she's a pretty bird
She warbles as she flies
She never hollers cuckoo till the 4th day of July

John James Audubon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Man who Planted Trees

I was given a book to read, The Man Who Planted Trees by Jim Robbins.  This book is about David Milarch and his mission to replant forests all over the world. 

The reading of this book has changed my life as student and teacher of the trees.  My new focus is to write about the people who are working to bring an awareness to the world about the importance of trees to the future of our planet.

There are amazing people out there speaking about how it is imperative for the earth to have mature forests as well as ancient trees standing on the earth.   It is also most important to tell the stories of the people that are working to make this a reality, so that is what I am to do.

Our children and grandchildren need a world to thrive in.  Read about and listen to the wisdom of these great teachers.  May we listen and then act to help save this beautiful planet for our children and grandchildren and their children.

To quote Jim Robbins here,

"Planting trees may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together."

The link to connect with David Milarch is:

David Milarch says that 98 percent of all the old growth forests in America are gone.

His mission is:

"Propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone.

Reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive including releasing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing beneficial aerosols and medicines: essentially a global warming solution.

Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future."

After listening to David Milarch speak on Ted Talks, the reason is clear and imperative:
Clean Water
Clean Air
Clean Soil
The trees are the filter system of our earth.  
It is for our children and grandchildren and their children.

Listen to the YouTube video, above.  Go to his website.  May we all do our part.

I have a personal goal to plant 93 native southern Appalachian trees in the Asheville area in 2017. The 93 native trees that I have studied on this blog will be the trees I plant.

In Celebrating Champion Trees, There is a National Flowering Dogwood tree.

A Flowering Dogwood at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville
September 26, 2016

The National Forest Champion Flowering Dogwood lives in Clarke, Georgia.  Nominated by Andrew Saunders.

This Dogwood is 67 feet high and has a circumference of 90 inches.

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:  $300.00, 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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pin Cherry

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,