Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

On the Forest Floor

Leaves decompose and the fungi grow.

Native Plant Garden at Lake Junaluska

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Strawberry Bush

The strawberry bush, also known as hearts-a-bustin', is an inconspicuous shrub until the early fall when the fruit capsules turn bright red and split, revealing bright colored seeds.

Photos taken at the native plant garden at Lake Junaluska.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ladies and Mums

Painted Lady butterflies on the yellow mums at Hatcher Gardens.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Interesting Blooms

at Hatcher Gardens

Hot Lips Salvia

Tricyrtis Hirta ( Toad Lily )

Sunday, October 21, 2007


A small waterfall at the Hatcher gardens.
I didn't have my tripod but luckily there was a stone wall nearby to steady the camera for this slow shutter speed shot.

A short video of the waterfall

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Wonderful Legacy

The Hatcher Garden and Woodlands Preserve is a 10 acre greeenspace situated in a residential area of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Harold and Josephine Hatcher started developing the land in 1969 after they retired. Over 30 years they worked with the red clay land once dominated by cotton fields. The soil was robbed of its fertility and eroded into deep gullies. Trash and weeds covered the ground

The Hatchers were not wealthy landowners. They were limited in resources, but not in creative vision. They raised money for their project by buying and self-renovating adjacent properties for rental income.

When they gave the Garden to the Spartanburg community in perpetuity, what they gave was their life savings.
What a wonderful legacy.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Duke Gardens

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens occupy 55 acres on the Duke University campus.

Tomorrow - we will take a look at some water lilies.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Faith and the Environment

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

Today more than 15,000 bloggers from all over the world are blogging on a single topic, the environment.

My contribution to this day is a photo taken last week at Duke Divinity School. The reflection of the sky and trees with the lighted, cross-shaped chandelier in the chapel reminds me of the relationship of our faith and the environment. It is our responsibility to care for God's creation.

Friday, October 12, 2007