Hummers, The First Water Lily and Sunsets

At dinner one evening last week — all of a sudden everyone got up from the big table and darted out to the front porch.  A big rainbow was arching from the Cataloochee Ski Slope right over to Gooseberry Knob. The sun was setting on Utah Mountain and it was spectacular.  We have never seen a rainbow like that in all the 43 years we have been here.

Our hummers have finally come to settle in!  Since April 15, we have had a few who would stop by for a sip — working their way north.

Also to be treasured are the first water lily down at the pond and the last remaining trillium (Vasey’s) seen along the Cataloochee Divide trail (which we learned recently from Donald Davis has always been called to “locals” the Asbury Trail.  This is the same trail that bishop Asbury took to reach hi scattered mountain communities in Cataloochee.  The Vasey’s trillium is the last to bloom of the spring wild flowers (to my knowledge) and is the only one that has a fist-sized bloom under the three green leaves.  You have to be keen-eyed to be sure  to see them along the trail.  They are spectacular.

With Mathew and Mark from jumping Rocks Photography back to update our room and outdoor photos, I had the fun of taking them on Dan’s most favorite trail.  I call it “The Forest Primeval”.  It leaves the Nature Trail and parallels the horse trail, but goes over rocks and past huge trees that have roots raised and arched over what was once other trees that are no longer there.  There are three little foot bridges and one big bridge called Coookie’s Bridge.  On this trail you have no sense of civilization anywhere.  There are some very large rocks and little streams over which to step on select rocks.

On Thursday, McRae, our gardener, and her husband, Louis, took the photographers to see the Indian marker on the Cataloochee (Asbury) Trail that is very old and led many people before us to find the way over toward Cherokee, by the way of Hemphill Bald.  The tree was bent to point the way.