Thanksgiving in the NorthPosted: December 5, 2022 Filed under: Gardening | Tags: deer, Milkweed, nature photography, Princess Pine, trailing pine, travel 12 Comments
This year we headed north for Thanksgiving and were greeted by snow and deer. As usual, I spend much of my time exploring nature while traveling.
The cold snap and snow motivated a squirrel to add leaves to its nest.
A few days later the snow melted and revealed Princess Pine in the woods. Princess Pine looks like a perfect little pine tree and is actually a club moss.
Lycopodium obscurum reproduces with spores and prefers acidic soils and shaded woodlands.
Milkweed was still sending off some seed “fairies”. The northern ones are much larger than the tropical Butterfly Weed I grow here.
Best of all I found some fossils.
We had to say goodbye to family and travel to the airport. As usual, we stopped at rest areas where the employees lovingly decorated their space to bring Christmas cheer to travelers. The elves were modified with tissue paper clothes and many wrapped gifts were under the tree.
A fireplace with a lace curtain repurposed for the mantle cover was created for Santa’s arrival.
The display was completed with paper and pencil to leave a note for Santa.
At the next stop, Mrs. Gingerbread was greeting everyone at the Ladies’ Room entrance, but Mr. Gingerbread was gone. Maybe he needed a bathroom break.
Soon it was time to fly back to the warm South and we took to the sky at the crack of dawn.