On the last day of March we decided to take a venture to one of my favorite places to go in the Spring time. I went last year for the first time with Miriam, Ann and Mike, and I have never seen a more beautifully diverse landscape in all my time. So this year Kelsey, Fletcher and I packed some snacks, diapers and a camera and went on our way to explore what spring ephemerals might be showing themselves.
Everywhere you look wildflowers, ferns, moss, little critters, and so much covers the forest floor. It's so beautiful. Kelsey says it's called Shakerag Hollow because there use to be lots of moonshiners down there and if ever anyone wanted some they would hang a rag in branch with money in it and come back to some moonshine waiting for them, or so they say.
Mountain azaleas were blooming all around.
We couldn't figure out who lives in here. Perhaps a little gnome, I would want to live here if I were a forest dweller. Right on the edge of a trickling spring with lovely plants growing all around.
Mayapples blooming in March!!
Phlox and Ferns happily living together
A brief stop on a fallen tree to change Flethers diaper. He was awake for a good portion of the hike just a lookin' all around.
And a break for kisses.
Love, Ashley and Fletcher
Books to look at: Wildflowers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians