Images of Mid-February

As winter begins to wind down and days get longer, these Mountains sense the coming change, and reflect light in a different way. This month has seen nearly a foot of rain in many areas, and temperatures have reached 76 degrees this past week. Patches of Phlox have appeared, and farmers are already plowing their fields in anticipation of warmer weather.

These images are random, but convey this reawakening as it happens.

biltmore house 2Last week, Biltmore House was surrounded by mists and its winter woods, but yesterday, unseasonable warmth and deep blue skies brought overflow crowds and a very different look…biltmore house bright

French Broad River floods Heavy rains brought French Broad River flooding at Biltmore, and at Hendersonville further south…

biltmore gardens greenhouseBiltmore Gardens are still dormant, but palms and orchids fill the Conservatory…

wolf pen mountainA tall White Oak and a healthy Hemlock frame a misty Wolfpen Mountain in northwest Rutherford County.

American beech in winterThe American Beech is one of few trees that retains its fall foliage throughout winter.

Log cabin Blue Ridge valleyThe 1800 resurrected log cabin in Otter Creek Valley…

19th century blue ridge barnThe log cabin’s 19th century barn welcomes the rising sun.

 

 

One thought on “Images of Mid-February

  1. As John Muir said, “Going to the mountains is going home”
    We understand what he meant, even though our current home is a long way from the glorious mountains and their lovely people.
    Would that we could be there now to see the mountains put on their spring show.
    Many thanks for your thoughtful photos.

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