Recent rains and temperatures averaging in the low 60’s have painted these mountains a vibrant green. It seems that everything has bulked up in anticipation of a hot summer.
This chipmonk has lots to eat with all the seeds on so many plants. Otter Creek Road leading into this valley, (below), is as lush and green as I’ve ever seen it.
The woods behind my house are fully leafed out, and the fresh smell of moist fallen leaves permeates the air.
This ancient American Beech tree is the oldest tree in the forest. The other trees are Hemlocks, Hickorys, Oaks, and Maples.
The Catawba Rhododendron along Otter Creek are covered with blooms just waiting to open up.
This hummingbird has found a dry place to perch on a petunia plant.
The newest addition to this area might feel more at home someplace else.
The cedars and pines in the rock garden are growing like weeds.