Friday, April 30, 2010

Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Tennessee is the only place that we have seen yellow violets. The purple and white are called confederate. What is so wonderful that when you take a photo of one flower there are all these others that appear in the shot.

pink trillium with a carpet of white wildflowers

This was one of the joys of the weekend, seeing a new trillium. Three white petals with three long, green petals between them and a dark center.

white trillium with a carpet of wildflowers

foam flower

yellow trillium


Anne, do you think the large leaf is wild ginger? It is so much larger that the ginger you gave us, but the leaf shape is the same.

Matchbox Gallery #20


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Matchbox Gallery #19

"Old and New"

the top corner of the photo shows a sprig of old cedar

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interiors at Museum of Appalachia

Daniel Boone cabin

The Museum of Appalachia has a collections of cabins, barns and outbuilding that have been collected and assembled in Norris, TN. The contents are not the original pieces found in the cabins, but an assemblage of items that would have been used by the pioneers. The items do extend over a large time period.

We have not done 18th century living history in a while, but the lessons have stayed with us. Living in a single room with all your belongings is quite contrary to the present day culture of having having it all and having it now. You can live with less and be happy. You are not burdened by your possessions and there is an appreciation for what you have. Carrying buckets of water to heat over a fire to cook and wash dishes is time consuming and we had easy access to water. We would just be at an encampment for a weekend so we just had a small experience of what our ancestors experienced. It did give us a great appreciation of what life was like. Running water is wonderful.

Daniel Boone cabin

small cabin interior


benches in the church

school room

I love seeing the size of the logs.

the tool for weaving

broom making

Matchbox Gallery #17


Monday, April 26, 2010

North Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee

a freshly plowed field in the spring

all the shades of green are so beautiful in the spring with a little touch of white from the dogwoods

same tree with lichens from the trip to Asheville, NC in the fall

passing through Cherokee, NC on the way to the Smokies

clearing with cabins and barns as you enter the Smoky Mountain Park

It is always interesting to see the difference in the vegetation of the North Carolina side of the mountains and the Tennessee side. Spring comes to North Carolina side before the Tennessee side. Some of the trees seem to be recovering from the acid rain that has killed so many. The photos are taken toward the top of the mountains.

on the Tennessee side

dense woods

Matchbox Gallery #16

"North Carolina Maple with Red and Green Wings"

The Matchbox Gallery traveled this past weekend.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


different marbleized paper than what I showed last weekend

love the penamnship

Friday, April 23, 2010