A weekend in the mountains is almost always good for the soul, especially when one is healthy enough — and the weather is nice enough — for hiking random trails, especially those that aren’t so well known.
While mountain trails often open up to impressive vistas, such as this one of Lake Lure, taken from “Party Rock,” the sights I like best are the close-up kind: mushrooms and oddly shaped rocks, trees with personality or plants you rarely find in the wild.
Take for example, this bloodroot (right), used as an herbal remedy by mountain medics, or this trillium (left), resplendent in its springtime bloom phase. We found several varieties, some with leaves larger than our hands.
I don’t claim to be able to identify every plant I see, but we enjoyed using an app Susan found that allows you to take a picture of a plant, and upload it. The app then displays similar plants, allowing you to identify it — assuming your picture matches something in the database.
In ways large and small, remember that “The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it; the world, and those who dwell therein …” (Psalm 24:1).