Spring in the Great Smokies—Gratuitous Pictures

 

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Just pictures today.  This always feels a little self-indulgent to me, but as I mentioned last post, after working hard on Hello Sewing Machine, and hitting the road with Bryan’s work, I am ready for a break!  Lucky for me, one of my all-time favorite breaks in my routine is just around the corner.  Our yearly week-long creative retreat/gathering of friends and family starts tomorrow, and I am so looking forward to it.  I’ll share some pictures and projects from that as well, once I have them!

Another kind of break I cherish is spending time in the wilderness.  These pictures are from this April.  Spring at home is a quiet season, easy to overlook until you turn around and it’s summer already.  Not so in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It’s like reverse fall, flowers and tress busting out all over with blooms in different colors, sizes and scents.  The week we were there it was already crowded with flower identifiers and photographers, and everyone seemed to be in a great mood, buoyed up by the coming of spring.  I hope you can take time for a little break today too.

 

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Technical Delays in a Beautiful Place

After a heroic effort involving all my laptop power and a rainy, foggy day in a huge lovely park with (as far as I know) only one wifi location, the post I have been working on is still “coming soon.”

In the meantime, please enjoy these pictures of Shenandoah National Park. It’s totally beautiful here, the trees are still leafing out and various flowers are blooming on the forest floor. Perhaps they will inspire an unplugged moment in your day!

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