Friday, April 2nd, 2010
I knew my parents were coming into town for Easter Weekend, but I had a welcomed surprise when my Aunt Barbara showed up with them! Aunt Barbara (aka Aunt Babs), who also happens to be my Godmother, is the only one of my relatives that still lives up North (Connecticut), and it has been several years since I last saw her. My wife Amy was in on the surprise, but I had no idea she was coming!
For today, Amy and I decided to take my parents and Aunt Babs up to the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Despite driving past it many times on trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway, we had never made a visit to the Arboretum.
For more info on the NC Arboretum, check out the official link:
It was a beautiful spring day with full sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80s. We spent a few hours strolling through the gardens enjoying the day and the plethora of blooms.
Here are few shots from our visit
Bird - What Kind? I have no idea
My wife Amy!
As we were getting ready to leave, a gentleman saw me with my camera and asked if I was interested in wildflowers. He proceeded to tell us a spot where some Oconee Bells were blooming.
The Oconee Bells are a very rare wildflower that are only found in a relatively small area around Oconee County, SC. Thanks to the tip, we found a nice cluster of Oconee Bells blooming along the "Carolina Mountain Trail".
Small Bee on an Oconee Bell
Oconee Bell Macro Shot
Additional Photos are posted here:
Amy and I will definitely be making a return visit to the NC Arboretum!