Wes and I took a much needed break from work and painting one day this past week, and I loved every minute of it! We awoke to a picture perfect day boasting clear blue skies and delightful temperatures, as we headed out explore the area around us whilst enjoying hiking different trails. We started off hiking along a section of the Cumberland Trail in the Grassy Cove area, located a short few minute drive from our house.
While it gave us a couple of nice views of surrounding areas below, we saw several things of interest along the way, including this cocoon below.
Spotting things like the cocoon and the frog eggs below are always a treat for us! I also noticed that there were literally thousands of Mountain Laurel bushes lining the trail and hillside in many areas, and I can only imagine how beautiful that will be in a couple of months when they’re in full bloom! Since it’s so close to us, I won’t have to imagine though, as we can take another walk up the along the trail to drink in the sites and delightful fragrance they fill the air with!
Leaving that trail, we headed to another area where we enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch before stumbling upon another wonderful trail, also filled with masses of Mountain Laurel, and numerous very tall pine trees, which graciously padded the trail below with their discarded pine needles, creating a lovely soft carpet-like trail to hike along. The warmth of the sun filled the air with the delightful fresh scent of pine as we walked along.
We passed several large rock formations, and I loved how the trees are growing right down to the edge on this one. It looks as if someone took a large cake-like slice out of the earth, revealing the beautiful multiple layers or rock underneath.
There were a few falls and several cascades as well, and with every bend in the trail another beautiful scene unfolded before our eyes, and I kept exclaiming to Wes “Oh wow . . . it’s so beautiful!”
We found another place that we cant wait to return to with our kayaks and explore the lovely area from the water!
We saw lots of birds throughout the day, various warblers and songbirds, as well as ducks such as these gorgeous Ring-Necks and Buffleheads, who let us watch as the bobbed along the water’s surface.
There were also several Canada geese that we watched for quite sometime, as they floated about and fed on grasses below the surface, revealing their soft white fluffy rumps, which stuck straight up in the air and always makes me laugh.
This large rock shown below, with its smooth sculpted surface afforded a picturesque view of the river. It was a splendid day and felt as if we were on vacation for the day! We plan to return to these areas again soon as well as explore many other new areas nearby. The projects continue here at home and we’re getting very close to finishing the pizza oven. I’m planning to make a time-lapse video of the process to share with you once we’ve finished, which I think will be very interesting to watch.
IN THE STUDIO
This is one of my recently finished painting commissions. I’ve also just put the finishing touches on my pet portrait commission of Jett and will share it with you next week.
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