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Hard to believe that this boulder has been here for hundreds of thousands of years. Oh the stories it could tell.
These Carolina Allspice flowers have an enticing aroma, but don’t confuse them with the popular herb. They are quite poisonous. It’s a bush native to these mountains, and also is called Sweet Shrub. The petals are very straw like in spite of their soft appearance.
If you’re thinking that these are the much sought after wedding flower, Lillies of the Valley, looks can be deceiving. Locals call this “Dog Hobble” because if Buddy were to eat them, he wouldn’t be able to walk. Also called the Drooping Fetterbush, these ivory hued blossoms are also very poisonous. Even putting your nose up to smell the sweet scent can cause serious respiratory problems. Look but don’t touch.
Mud Dobbers know a nice dry spot when they find it. This nest grows a little more every summer.
Patches of Wild Iris are scattered around the woods.
These Wild Asters have the most delicate lavender color you’ll find anywhere in the spring woods.
Late one afternoon last week, when the South was getting all the bad weather, some of the ominous clouds made it as far north as Otter Creek Valley. Luckily, their bark was much worse than their bite, and no rain fell that evening.
There now, don’t you feel more relaxed already? I knew you would.