I’m a big fan of Wordless Wednesday, but feel you deserve more this week since a horrendous summer cold coupled with pressing work deadlines have curtailed my blogging.
So, here is the photo I planned to post without explanation…but with its backstory.
Mr. Snail, a resident of Highlands, North Carolina, was discovered last Friday on an early-morning prowl. When examining the photo later, I was fascinated by the detail captured by the camera that’s not seen by the eye. And though I’m certainly no expert, this one looks very much like the type that is served as escargot.
I was in Highlands, on a high plateau of the Southern Appalachian Mountains (4,118-feet elevation), for the annual garden tour of Mountains in Bloom, an event which also features a flower show, speaker program, and luncheon. Known for its cool summers (averaging 78 F in July) and abundant rainfall (100 inches annually), the Highlands community is a summer mecca for those who live in much hotter areas of our region, such as Atlanta.
This year’s tour featured four homes and gardens. Since the homes were also open this year, I believe there was less of an emphasis on the gardens. But all were enjoyable and one garden, in particular, caught my fancy. Built in 2009, the brochure noted the homeowners assisted in the garden’s design, which showcases a stream and pond crossed by a rustic bridge on sloping terrain.
I was also awed by the home’s back porch. I have porches on my mind these days, since I’m hoping to add a new one to my own house soon. What do you think of this one?
Although the design, with a bump out at either end, wouldn’t suit my home, it provides food for thought. And just look at this view!