What I found on my walk down the road: Jewelweed, nature’s anti-itch medicine

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also is known as orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam. It is an annual plant native to North America and has been used by Native Americans and herbalists (and my family) to treat all manner of skin rashes and even insect bites. The leaves and the juice from the stem can be used to treat poison…

What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: A Homemade Ladder

  What a reminder of my own childhood when we made homemade ladders, Tarzan swings, and even homemade skateboards and used trash can lids for sleds!  Most of these things didn’t work as intended, of course, but such fun we had! This ladder was made by the boy who lives next door and actually has…

A gift of Freesia

Fresh flowers!  What a lovely gift from daughter #1. She was disappointed that they had no scent, but they were beautiful.   Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

First bloom

Yes, I know, I post a photo of a yellow rose every year.  This year is no exception.  We saw our first bloom on the yellow rose bush today. And there are more to come. “The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.”  (Angelus Silesius)

It Speaks in Silence

No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being. ― Ansel Adams Stone Mountain, located near Atlanta, GA, has been called “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world”.  However, it is composed of quartz monzonite, granodiorite, and…

What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: Chickens in the Woods

Someone who lives near us has free-range chickens.  I’ve often seen them in front of a neighbor’s house, although I’m certain they don’t belong to that particular neighbor.  They also gather frequently under a tree in a nearby field. Today, while walking down our road to get the daily newspaper I heard quite a commotion…

Phoneography: In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  (John Muir)

Wisteria: It’s Everywhere !

Who knew that wisteria is an invasive species here in the Southeastern U.S.?  It’s everywhere this year.  Beautiful but everywhere.  Wisteria is a vine, hardy and fast-growing, and it can strangle large trees and damage houses and other buildings.  Many, many trees near us are almost covered with wisteria vines. On a recent walk I…