Friday, March 16, 2012

springing up . . .

Want to come for a ride through the woods with me?  Todd came in from his walk yesterday wanting me to join him for a little ride down to the creek.  The Ides of March ushered in warm temps -- near 80's -- yesterday and it was the perfect day to take the golf cart out and explore the trails.

The trail to the creek is called "Beech Bottom Trail" for a good reason!  The beech trees keep their light, silvery brown leaves until their new spring growth.  Their leaves are just starting to fall and every time a light puff of breeze hits the air, their leaves dance and swirl to the ground.
This first dip in the trail is always wet.  Todd and I figure there's a natural spring somewhere, though we've never found it.  It's not just puddle water because minnows live in it year-round.  It's gravel bottomed though, so it's easy enough to drive through.

Looking up the little creek you can see where it runs down and around the trees and their roots.  I love the sound of water trickling through the trees!  We think it empties into the big creek.
Every time we roll through it you can see the minnows swim up and away from our wheels!

This little plant caught my eye.  I've never seen it anywhere but here . . . I'm not sure what it is.
But whatever it is, it sure is prolific!

The closer we got to the big creek, the more we started to see signs that spring is here!

Wood violets are so darling . . . as are the pretty little white flowers.
Those little white flowers looked like fairy dust gracing the grassy carpet.
Poor Todd!  We'd roll a couple of feet and then I'd holler for him to stop so I could snap another photo!

Anyone know what these are?

Just around the bend from the creek, we spied these beauties:
I only found two sets of these sweet little blooms.  But I *love* their colors! Can you guess why?! 

 I also found a couple sets of these dainty little blossoms...

We've had a LOT of rain lately, and it's apparent from this run off from the creek.  In the dry summer months, this is a gravel bed.  But when the creek rises it naturally overflows into this little bed.

It was such a lovely day!  The grass is so green ... and you can see my fairy flowers on the other side, too!
The water was moving pretty swiftly ... I could sit there and just listen to it for hours.
There's just a hint of green leaf buds on the trees.  In another couple of weeks, it will be very green and dense in here!

As we headed out, I spied another . . . flower?!  I've never seen a plant like this, either.
But once I'd spied the first one, I saw them all over the place.
I'm not sure if that center is a flower or not ... it's not what I think of as your traditional bloom, but that's what it looks like it.
As I went through editing my pictures from this trip, I realized these were in a lot of my photos.  I just hadn't noticed them until I saw the one with the very purple center!  (Haha -- go figure!)

Other than dandelions, these were the only little yellow flowers I found:

And Todd spied this little fellow, out enjoying the sun!

On our way back to the RV, in the woods close to the pavilion, these pretty native Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom.  It's fun to look down into the woods and see them all over the place.

The two peach trees out at the camp are also in bloom.  These are such pretty little flowers!  The two trees themselves are not in great shape -- they'd been left to themselves for a long period of time and could really stand a good pruning.

We also drove down to take a look at the fig bushes.  They are greening up nicely and we hope to have another bumper crop of figs this year, because fig freezer jam is the BEST!

As we drove around the figs, a little movement caught my eye . . . 
 Todd backed up and got a little closer so I could catch a shot of this handsome fellow, soaking up the sun.
He only stood for us being there for a short time before he shot back into the safety of the bushes.  He didn't need to worry about anything with me!  And just so you know, I'll take a black racer over a black widow ANY day!  :)

I love this spot ... it's a grouping of about six HUGE cedar trees.  Even this early in the season, the temperature difference under their shade was noticeable.
It can make up to a ten degree temperature difference to be in their shade!  Great spot for a lazy summer afternoon picnic.

I leave you with one of my favorites . . . 
 The wisteria is starting to bloom out!
It smells so good!  I've always wanted to have some, so it was such a sweet surprise to find it our first spring up at the camp.  I look forward to its return every year.

Storms are due in today.  Hopefully they'll clear out before our campers are due in this afternoon.  Thanks for taking the tour with me.  Y'all come back now, ya' hear?!


15 left a comment . . .:

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh what a wonderful walk this morning through your delightful camp! You've caught some really unusual flowers - to me anyway! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Wonderful! Your little white flowers are a typr of wild violet, and the ones with three leaves are trilliums. Trilliums are my favorite wildflower.

Paula said...

That was a wonderful ride through your campground. The beauty of spring flowers that we appreciate so much in the spring. Now about that snake.... I am running. I do not like snakes at all. If I see one, I am gone. I scrolled past that picture so fast I got a cramp in my finger! LOL!
You have a delightful day and watch out for snakes.

Barbara F. said...

Morning, Denise, looks like you had a nice walk. The snake would have sent me hightailing it back to the golf cart for sure! Plant in the 3rd from top photo looks a lot like "pachysandra" (pack-a-sandra) which grows like a weed up here, survives all 4 seasons, and multiplies like crazy. I have a planter box which faces the sidewalk behind my house filled with it. xo

Lee said...

I so enjoyed your morning (st)roll through the early spring blooms. Spring has always been my favorite season (though I still haven't had enough winter yet - maybe some forecasted rain for the next 2 days will help that). Some of those plants are certainly interesting. Love the woodland violets - the look like the little violets I have planted near my front door :)

Editfolt said...

beautiful flowers in the woods. We Hungary is warm. so I traveled to Slovakia. last resort skiing. Heavy snow here .. :)

Linda in Calif. said...

I love all that new green springing up. Thanks for the lovely walk.

Crafty Maine Mom said...

This was a fun romp through your woods. i love in Maine and the green won't come out for at least another month.

That first plant you asked about is in my garden. We call them May Apples. They have a small white flower that blooms and then a single "fruit" that looks just like an apple. The flower and fruit come and go fast by the end of May up here they are just green leaves.

c. Joy said...

Beautiful. I am fond of the countryside and enjoyed every picture in your post today. I think I'll just accept we are not having snow this winter... 'cause Spring has sprung. Many thanks to your driver! ;)

Janet O. said...

Thanks for the taste of spring. We are awaiting another winter storm!

Sarah said...

So much green abounds in your area. I had one crocus come up this year but the day lillies and sedum are working their way to the sunshine. Don't think I recognize anything on your tour, altho I was surprised that it looked like the wisteria was on the ground. Someday I will have purple wisteria at my house...

Momof3girls said...

Thanks for sharing your part of the country. I absolutely love the creek and the sound of water running. It's so peaceful. I love flowers, so thanks for all the pictures.

Connie said...

Thanks for the hike! The photos remind me so much of the acreage Bob had when I met him....the groups of pine trees, springs, creeks. The first plants we call Jack in the Pulpit...I'm not sure if that is the right name but when we see them that tall we know the morel mushrooms should be coming up! Now the snake.....yuck!

Jackie said...

The umbrella looeking plants with the purple looking flower on top are called Sweet Bubbies.
Missed you at Quilt Guild Thursday night.

Gmama Jane said...

My favorite spot at the camp is down by the river or creek or whatever branch of water...Mint Springs is it? You have such a love and appreciation of Camp Macoba. It has needed caretakers like You and Todd for a very long time.