A few weeks ago we made a trip to Asheville, North Carolina. We spent a few hours at the North Carolina Arboretum, walking trails and looking at the exhibits. As we were coming off one of the trails back to the parking lot, I turned around and saw this grass standing against a background of beautiful red leaves in the distance.
John Osteen opened his log cabin to the public again this past weekend. I had been looking forward to making another visit since last year when I went out for my first visit. (Last years visit seen here) . The day was overcast and we had a slight drizzle on the the way out. When you step through the door to the cabin, you find a warm and inviting fire in the big stone fireplace. Just as warm is the welcome that you receive from John Osteen. To greet his guest he has a hot cup of coffee off the wood stove, as well as sweet potatoes, biscuits and corn bread with plenty of syrup and honey. The best thing of all is just the conversation.
John, an avid historian, built his log cabin back in 1976. Since then he has add a smokehouse, chick coop, barn, a one room school house, and a Confederate Museum. There is a lot of history to learn as you walk back through history to a time when life was simpler.
See more pictres from John Osteen’s Cabin 2010 Open House.
Walking around Hopelands Gardens taking some macro shots and ran up on a stand of purple flowers with bees and butterflies. I liked the contrast of this orange butterfly with the purple flowers.
Had a warm fall day at Hopelands Gardens in Aiken. Playing around with some macro shots and found that the bees and butterflies were active today.
On a recent summer afternoon, we returned to Watson’s Mill State Park for a family reunion. It is always fun to climb around the rocks and watch the people playing in the water below the below the the bridge, or just sit in the shade and relax to the sounds of the rushing water.
On a recent photo walk at the Brick pond and North Augusta Greenway, I looked across the Savannah River and saw this scene.
I love the spring when the Dogwood and Azaleas are in full bloom in Aiken.
The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston is a fun experience any time. Watching the excitement of a child seeing it for the first time is priceless. Fish and animals from all parts of South Carolina are on display, from the mountain forest, to the Piedmont, coastal plain, salt marsh, coast and ocean. There are fish of all kinds as well as birds, otters, alligators, and turtles. There is even a Touch Tank were you can touch and feed Rays and other sea creatures.
The Camellias at Hopelands Gardens were beautiful this year. Aiken, South Carolina has been having a colorful spring as flowers of all descriptions having been blooming.