Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This was drawn last Saturday, which was another cold winter's day in the piedmont.  Radu and I had hiked back to the rocky ridge overlooking Lawson's Fork, hoping to find the ziplock bag of special doggy treats I accidentally left there two days before.  Alas, the treats had been discovered by some lucky critter.  Luckily Radu didn't miss them one bit.  He was too busy sniffing, exploring and running around like a... well... like a dog!  While I was up there I decided it was time to attempt a "quick sketch" of some of the rocks that run the whole length of this long ridge.  The hill below (to the left, in the sketch) the rocks drops steeply for several hundred feet, and sports large boulders that have at some point rolled down from the top.  Growing on the hill are White Oaks, Red Oaks, Maples, Dogwoods, as well as Ironwoods, Sourwoods, Beech, and many thickets of Mountain Laurel.  The outcrop is much weathered and covered in various lichen and Resurrection Fern.   The hill in the far background of the sketch is on the other side of the river.  This is one of my favorite places within hiking distance of Middlewood.

But brrrr.... it was so cold!  My fingers were numb by the time we headed home.  

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