I'm back! I thought it would be Wednesday, but I was asked to do a bit more, so it went a bit longer. As soon as I delivered the stack of paintings on Friday I hightailed it to our tiny cottage outside of Waynesville for a needed rest. This afternoon I wandered around our hilltop to see what has been happening up here since I was last here in early June. The most obvious change is the size of the Jewelweed. It has grown quite large, easily three feet high, if not more. The plants are full of their delicate yellow or orange flowers, each dangling from a leaf base. The blooms that I admired in early June are now gone to seed.
The mushrooms (above) are growing on the steep hill very near our cabin. They are a startling color, especially seen rising from the drab brownish gray leaf litter, and appear to be marching down the hill. The second mushroom from the bottom is actually two stems (one much smaller than the other) whose caps grew together into one. I believe they are Bolete mushrooms, but it is quite awkward to try to see under the caps in deep shade, and I can't bring myself to pull one up just for my passing scientific interest. They have the Bolete look and sturdiness (I tried to lean one over enough to see underneath... but it wouldn't move) so I'm going to assume that's what they are.
One good thing about being here this weekend is that the Raspberries that grow all along the narrow dirt lanes are ripe! They fall into your hand at the slightest touch and are so sweet! So, now that I have posted this I am off to pick berries for tomorrow morning's oatmeal.