Category Archives: Flora

Harmonious Aging

A lovely spring bouquet of tulips began to show signs of aging – petals fell off or shriveled and curled on the stem, colors changed, and shapes contorted themselves in unexpected ways. Not unlike the aging process in our human … Continue reading

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Vibrant

Visiting a conservatory is one of my favorite winter survival tools. It’s like going on a mini-vacation to the tropics without having to board a plane. When I entered the conservatory at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, North … Continue reading

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So Many Angles

Sometimes, we can’t see the forest for the trees. The mind can’t quite ascertain what we are looking at. There is too much to take in all at once, or we see a configuration our brain has never seen before … Continue reading

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Today was a Good Day

Sunday was a good day for a hike up on Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest mountain. The air is so clear that you can see for miles from the top. It’s a great day to ride motorcycles with a group … Continue reading

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Lighting up the Woods: Mountain Laurel

During a Sunday drive through dense woods on the Virginia/West Virginia border, we were delighted to find large areas of blooming Mountain Laurel. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is a flowering, evergreen shrub in the heather family. Native to the Eastern … Continue reading

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