Happy Easter!

Easter Flowers

By Rachelle Siegrist

wes and rachelle siegrist Easter 2015

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 blossomCrab 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!

Rachelle Siegrist on top of spruce flat fallsFeeling 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 wildflowers in the smokiesPhotographing the Trailing Arbutus . . . then smelling it’s intoxicating fragrance!

trailing arbutusThe lovely and delightfully fragrant Trailing Arbutus

beaked  violets in the smoky mountainsThe 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!

creeping phloxCreeping Phlox

red bud tree blossomsOur Red Bud Tree full of pink blossoms

anitque rose blossomOne 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.

Peacock painting by Rachelle_Siegrist
“Preened To Perfection” by Rachelle

Wes finished his painting of two beautiful Mourning Doves that were sitting on our deck handrail, during a light rainfall.

Dove painting by Wes Siegrist
“After A Spring Rain” by Wes

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle


4 thoughts on “Happy Easter!

  1. Don Weiser

    WOW, that waterfall is really falling!! Nice blog this week; great photos and paintings! Spring is much further along by you. D


  2. Wonderful to see your latest bird works, as well as the buffalo by Wes too Rachelle! And sorry I haven’t been popping in more lately, I’ve just still been healing and trying to get caught up on it all too, of course, but love, as always, seeing what you two have been up to! 😉

    1. Thank you Mona, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing everything! Wes and I hope you are feeling much better and back to complete health soon! I also wish you the beauties of Springtime there as well 🙂

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