Spring in North Carolina brings a plethora of pollen and allergy issues but it also delivers an amazing array of wild flowers and vistas to behold. Shawn and I grabbed our boots and headed to Eno River State Park for a morning mosey. She had her trusty camera and was busy for several hours capturing the sights.
The park is covered with pathways waiting to guide willing feet to great discoveries. Take it slow and savor the experience. Carry some water and a snack. There is no need to rush home.
This wall is part of the ruins of the Holden Mill and worth the long walk to see it in person. I can only imagine the hours invested digging the hillside and dry stacking these heavy stones. The top stands 18 feet above ground level. Wonder what the mill looked and sounded like when water rushed through the sluices?
I have no idea what this is – maybe an escapee from a local university’s bio lab?
I grew up in West Virginia enjoying beautiful rivers like the New, Gauley, Elk, Holly, and Cranberry. Eno River is a good fit in such an impressive list and I am thankful it is less than an hour from my home. As I step along the banks of the Eno, I am as light as a butterfly. Shawn waited patiently to take this picture. I nodded off and nearly fell off the rock where I was napping.
It is easy to find a nice spot along the Eno for a break and it’s OK to be lazy. Yertle the Turtle was working on his tan.
The Eno flowed vigorously and the falls offered an impressive concert. We had front row seats. Shawn knew the angle she wanted for this picture and we did some rock hopping to make it happen. My job is to watch her back and go first if she tumbles.
The heron was hungry and we watched as he caught and ate his lunch. The menu was sushi and I am certain this bird is full of Omega-3, given the amount of fish he consumes.
Eno River is radiant in the garb of spring. We want to share images of the wild flowers we found in bloom. The flower lineup in the park will be changing weekly as new blooms show up in the warmer weather so frequent visits are suggested. Explore and investigate. Take time to observe.
Thanks, Shawn, for your photography work and for allowing me to share the images. The woods are awakening to spring. Carry your burdens up the Eno, find a nice place to sit and relax. You may return home with a lighter heart and a spring in your steps. Don’t forget your allergy medicines and a hanky!
Photos Copyright © 2013, Shawn Rae Nichols. All rights reserved.