Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The river, pink flowering tree and bent signal tree

- The view from the side yard at my sister's vacation home in the mountains of North Carolina.  It was slightly overcast when I took these photos on Saturday morning, but that did not dampen my delight in being at this peaceful place.  You can see a flowering tree if you look carefully toward the left (click to enlarge.)

- And a little hike around to that area lead me to view this beauty up close.  I'm not sure what this tree is, but I spotted others around the area.

- This is a signal tree and is officially documented.  Native Americans used trees such as this as trail markers - so they could point others to trails, trading posts, burial grounds.  I wrote about another bent tree in a favorite walking spot nearby in May 2013.  When I mentioned it to my sister, she told me about the one in the property next to us and this is it - its nose is pointing toward the river (called the Hiwassee River).   The river is shallow at this point and can be easily walked across.  Some fly fishermen did just that on Saturday.  I miss the river already.

12 comments:

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Those flowers are just Gorgeous!!! So delicate and the shape is so very pretty! If you find out what it is, do let us know.
This is such a Beautiful Peaceful place----A perfect place for a long weekend....!

Elephant's Child said...

What a glorious, peaceful, beautiful place.
I think that stunning tree in flower is a Mountain Laurel - something another blogger introduced me too.
Love the signal tree too. Thank you.

LL Cool Joe said...

I looks very beautiful and very peaceful. I think I could do with a visit. Life here is crazy.

Lee said...

How beautiful...it looks so peaceful and relaxing...and I bet it is. I could live there quite comfortably. :)

Fireblossom said...

It does look peaceful!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh that first shot is so peaceful looking and beautiful!

Louvregirl said...

Love those middle flowers! A 'signal tree;' great idea! Lynn~do you make your hummingbird juice yourself?

Sara said...

What lovely views. I especially like the signal tree. That's interesting and makes sense. It helps to know where the river is shallow enough to be crossed!

BTW regarding the pictures, could you contact me. I need to ask some questions for photo credit purposes.

At my site, there's a contact box, which is a safe way to exchange emails. It's not an issue if this makes you uncomfortable:~)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Good for you getting to escape to the river paradise again. My Mother had those flowers in her front garden, n called it Mountain Laurel. I usede to turn the "umbrellas" inside out when I was little. They're very sticky too, n the bees love them-
Cool to see such a large bent tree. We have many here, pointing to the pier area n the little bridges from the Wampanoags who were here before the town was formed in the 1600's.
Glad you had a vaca visit.

Scarlet said...

Beautiful nature shots and the signal tree is interesting.

Riot Kitty said...

Those flowers are beautiful! I want to know what that is. And then go walk there ;)

Granny Annie said...

The blooms on the flowering tree look like little sugar candies.