Everything is in Full Spring

flaming azalea tree

Everything is in “full spring” this year in north Georgia. It’s not that any other spring season has been less spectacular, it’s just that I seem to be noticing it more so than usual. I think it’s because winter was particularly wet and miserable… and gray.  The good news is that all of that rain has caused everything to become vibrantly lush and green. The green colors all around make the skies look even more brilliant and blue.

I’ve been walking around with a camera in hand to capture just a glimpse of the beauty that I’m seeing so that I can share it with you.

mountain laurels in bloom

Mountain laurels are native to north Georgia, and there are two large “bushes” growing in our yard. One sits next to the front porch, the other is just a few yards away.  In the photo above, you can see both mountain laurels coming into bloom. They are hugging our cabin in spring’s embrace.

Below, a rain shower came through and washed the mountain laurel petals to the ground. There were so many petals that it looked like snow was covering the ground. It was a picture that begged to be taken.

mountain laurel in bloom

Below is a close-up of the mountain laurel blooms. The blooms in our yard are either white or pale pink. I have seen mountain laurels in the wild that have darker pink petals, as well.

mountain laurel blooms

High above our living room is a large glass picture window. Every spring, when the birds are most active, one or two will fly into the glass. Most have survived, but they will sometimes knock themselves into a temporary stupor. This pileated wood pecker, below, was the most recent casualty. I heard the sound of the telltale “thud” of the bird impacting the window. I found it very quickly on the ground outside and placed it on a towel. I warmed it with my hand and sang to it until it fully revived about 30 minutes later. Here is a VIDEO CLIP that shows the happy ending — the moment the wood pecker completely revived and took flight.

wood pecker

The road leading up to our house makes for a pleasant walk. One side is bordered by trees and bushes that have grown wild for the 15 years that I have lived here. The trees form a wall of green leaves in the spring, and a wild rose bush uses this wall to climb and put forth its blooms. The result is a vertical carpet of small, pink roses that is nearly 20 feet high in some places. There are so many roses that it is impossible to capture them all in one picture, but this photo below will give you an idea.

wild pink roses

For just a few days each spring — sometime between mid-April and the first couple of weeks of May — we are treated to a rare privilege. This is the only time of year when the pink lady slipper comes into bloom. It is a native orchid that grows only under certain soil conditions. Our property is host to at least a dozen, but we have to make a point to look for them at just the right time or we will have missed our chance. The plants emerge from the soil every spring and put forth a single bloom. This is one of the orchids that we discovered during a walk in our woods this year:

pink lady slipper orchid

Last but not least is the flaming azalea tree that stands over 20 feet tall and takes its place of prominence in one corner of our yard. It has the most brilliant orange blooms and is the most colorful flowering tree on our property.  Here is a close-up of the blooms:

flaming azalea tree

Our cabin has a different look with each season, but spring is definitely my favorite. Here, you can probably see why:

cabin in the woods, north georgia cabin

Until next time! ~ Susan

About S.R. Williams

S.R. Williams is an artist and writer who lives in a cabin in the northeast Georgia mountains where she is inspired with joy and inspiration by the natural beauty of the surroundings

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