Spring Arrives in the Rutherford Mountains

redbudAfter fits and starts, Springtime is here. Yesterday was the first day higher than 60 since February.  All of these images were made within two miles of my house. The Redbuds have suddenly appeared, pink, of course, and the Sugar Maples are showing their new red leaflets in the woods.

white pondMore Sugar Maples over a pond at Whitehouse, a four corners crossroads just to my north.

whitehouseThis is the largest of three late 19th century “white houses” that surround the crossroads. It’s being renovated. Love the twin chimneys.

clearcutJust down Cove Road from Whitehouse is the parsonage for Montford Cove Missionary Baptist Church, at the base of Oak Mountain, which was clear-cut last Fall, and left in an awful state. Luckily, my view of Oak Mountain is from the other, untouched, side. This used to be such a lovely thick hardwood forest.

cove road blossomsA little further south down Cove Road is this idyllic view of the Eastern Escarpment of the Blue Ridge.

cattleAbove this pasture are the mountains just north of Lake Lure. Hard to believe that snow fell in these mountains just five days ago, and freezing rain coated the trees. 

pondJust down the hill from the house, the Redbuds have bloomed at Otter Pond. That’s Oak Mountain on the horizon



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