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I like a moody sky

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in outside, watercolor, watercolor a day, Watercolor a Day May 2017 | 0 comments

I like when the sky is moody and oyster-colored with bits of pink and purple and blue mixed in.

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ferns

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in outside, watercolor, watercolor a day, Watercolor a Day May 2017 | 0 comments

Ferns are one of my favorite things. On our North Carolina trip last summer, we hiked Clingman’s Dome (okay, we walked up a paved path but hiking it sounds more impressive). I loved the greenery we saw on our way up, including lots of big ferns.

I loved seeing the ferns grow in the wild. They always make me think of ancient, fairy-tale forests, so thick with leaves atop tall trees that it feels like a cathedral with sunlight steaming down from on high.

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Green is my favorite color. So is blue. And autumn!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in mixed media, outside, spring, watercolor | 0 comments

When I was getting together this week’s Wednesdays Are For Watercolor (sign up here!), these were on my desk. I love having lots of goodies to look at.

Yay green!

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My favorite part

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in outside, spring | 0 comments

Easter was last weekend, and it had lots of good parts. Sitting down a family-favorite meal: white beans, cole slaw, skillet potatoes, and cornbread on Friday night. Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning. Lunch on the porch at Sal & Mookie’s – warm sunshine and delicious food, followed by a visit to the Natural Science Museum. Easter service at my parent’s church, my mom playing the piano. Easter dinner, and all the talking and visiting in between.

Probably my favorite part was Saturday afternoon after we got home from the museum and running errands. We sat on the porch and visited while Jeffrey and Lan tended the grill.  It was twilight, the gloaming, such a pretty, gentle part of the day as it slides into evening.

I’d love to have more of this – outdoors, easy talk, and enjoying one another. They’re my favorite.

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Sky Lake Cypress

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in outside | 0 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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summer trip to North Carolina

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in outside | 0 comments

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It was beautiful.

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To say the least.

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Atop Clingman’s Dome, the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River.

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It was gorgeous up there, although I enjoyed the scenery on the way up just as much.

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Ferns! In the wild! I thought they only grew in hanging baskets on front porches.

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That looks to me like an enchanted path.

 

We stayed in the little town of Bryson City.

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Every morning leaving the cabin, we passed this section of twisting and turning road.

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It was so graceful, the way it curved. 

We visited Biltmore, which is every inch an American castle. We went whitewater rafting. That was a lot of fun. It was also amazingly, awe-ingly beautiful. We were on the first trip of the morning. The water was cold (about 48 degrees) and mist floated above the water. Sunlight streamed through the mist and it was magical.

The scenery, the mountains, the streams — was so pretty. We must have said that a hundred times over the trip.

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