By Rachelle Siegrist
Wes and I in front of Spruce Flats Falls
Growing up in Florida, it’s hard to imagine Easter without flowers blooming, and thankfully spring has sprung here in the Smokies, and there are several flowers blooming about! Most of our flowering trees are now covered with little blossoms, as well as numerous assorted flowering shrubs, filling the once drab, gray landscape with bursts of color!
Crab Apple Blossom
Wes and I enjoyed part of our lovely Easter afternoon with a hike to Spruce Flats Falls. Recent rains had the falls thunderously roaring over the edge, crashing into the icy pool below, creating a mesmerizing setting. Wes and I sat there for sometime, just enjoying the sheer beauty and the wonderful symphony of falling water! There’s something that happens while sitting at the base of a waterfall, that renews ones spirit indeed, and so I left with batteries recharged and spirits renewed!
Feeling on top of the world by my beloved Falls!
The trail leading to the falls and back, was lined with numerous Beaked Violets scattered about with the tiny, delicate white flowers of the Rue Anemone mixed in, painting the hillsides in lavender and white. Of course the moss was lush and green as well, serving as a beautiful backdrop for the dainty flowers. A few other hikers ventured up the trail, one of which was a family, where the dad went ahead and hid an Easter egg, then let the small boy excitedly find it along his way up. We thought this was a fun twist to the usual hunt!
Photographing the Trailing Arbutus . . . then smelling it’s intoxicating fragrance!
The lovely and delightfully fragrant Trailing Arbutus
The delicate Beaked Violet blossoms
Here back at the home front, I have spent most of my time painting, while Wes has been starting his small seedlings, and working in the garden, getting it ready for the upcoming planting season. We’ve also been enjoying our flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers here in our own yard, filling the landscape with color. Celebrate Easter . . . for He Risen!
Our Red Bud Tree full of pink blossoms
One of my first roses of the season
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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~
I finished my painting of a Peacock this past week, which we photographed at the Museum of Appalachia, during a visit last fall. I’m also getting very close to finishing my dog portrait commission of a precious little boy named Petey, and will share it with you as soon as it’s done.
Wes finished his painting of two beautiful Mourning Doves that were sitting on our deck handrail, during a light rainfall.
Until next time . . .