With temperatures finally in the low 80’s, Springtime has arrived in the foothills. The above yard was found in Rutherfordton last Saturday. These are apple trees.
Around Otter Creek Valley, the arrival of spring is more subtle. The first Redbud blossoms are just emerging in the woods, below.
The forest is beginning to show signs of green other than the pines and hemlocks.
An apple tree at the base of Fibber Magee Drive couldn’t wait any longer to show its stuff.
This red roofed house on Laurel Valley Mountain just up the road is surrounded by budding maples and poplars. Soon, you won’t be able to see the house at all.
Looking east, below, the Black Angus farms are greening up nicely. If this was a “no humidity” day, you would see the skyscrapers of Uptown Charlotte, 100 miles away, just right of the mountain.
Turning toward the south, below, Tryon and Bill’s Mountains dominate the horizon. Green buds are beginning to burst forth, letting you know that this view will soon be obscurred by folliage. The roof and steeple of Montford Cove Missionary Baptist Church is barely visible in the shadows.