I spotted this large bloom of fungi just off my neighborhood trail after a heavy rainstorm. I had never seen anything like them before. A quick google search revealed that it is a large shelf mushroom known as Chicken of the Woods, which is actually used by some as a chicken substitute. Who knew?
Growing up in Massachusetts, what I learned in school about the Revolutionary War largely centered around events in my home state.
One of the fun part about foraying into nature is you never know what you’re going to stumble upon. While treasure hunting at park last month, my sister and I paused at a familiar sound. Searching through the foliage, we spotted a swarm of bees hovering around a tree trunk. Bees are honestly one of my biggest fears, so I was both fascinated and completely freaked out. So much so that I never hit record on my phone when I tried to take a video of them. Luckily my sister had it together, and shot the video below. You can really hear them buzzing! View this post on Instagram *Sound On* Ever heard a swarm of bees buzzing in there natural habitat? I hadn’t! Quite a surprise while taking a morning hike a few weeks ago, and I was so excited/freaked out I never hit record while I was trying to take a video. Luckily my twin did and sent me hers after 🐝 . . . . . #everydaystrangeblog #intj #introvert #darkpoet #horrorwriter #northcarolina …
At the end of the 1.8 mile trail loop at Purser-Hulsey Park is a bonus half loop, the “Enchanted Forest” trail. A narrow, ribbon like trail winds through a grove of slender pines. It was so quiet you could hear the trees creak in the wind. It did feel magical. View this post on Instagram *sound on* At the end of the 1.8 mile trail loop at Purser-Hulsey Park is a bonus half loop “Enchanted Forest” trail. A narrow, ribbon like trail winds through a grove of slender pines. It was so quiet you could hear the trees creak in the wind. It did feel magical. . . . . . #everydaystrangeblog #intj #introvert #darkpoet #horrorwriter #northcarolina #hiking #travel #poetrycommunity #writersofinstagram #poetryofinstagram #charlottenc #nature #socialdistancing #amwriting #latergram A post shared by Everyday Strange (@everydaystrangeblog) on Mar 22, 2020 at 5:12pm PDT
*** A surprise southern snowstorm is blanketing the Charlotte area with an inch of sloppy, slushy snow, so I’m looking back at this old post of my visit to the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. I hoping it will already be melted by the time this posts tomorrow!*** Before I moved to Charlotte, I visited three months beforehand to do some house hunting and go on some job interviews. In between driving around with a real estate agent and prepping interview questions, I tried to do a little sightseeing, dispite the on and off rain. I still wanted the trip to be fun! One of the places I chose was the UNC Botanical Garden. I knew it was at a college and didn’t expect much, I just wanted to go somewhere I hadn’t been before during the trip. I was in for a huge surprise. Although housed in a small greenhouse and outside garden area, it was packed with unusual and exotic plants. Inside the eight greenhouse rooms were 6 different plant collections, including a fascinating …
When I first started researching Körner’s Folly, a historic home in Kernersville, NC, I assumed that it was haunted. Or at least had a tragic history or an eccentric owner. A 22 room house where no two windows are the same, the ceiling heights have no uniformity, that was continuously renovated until the owner died and then sat abandoned for years deteriorating had to have some kind of macabre history. Alas, the home has no sordid past whatsoever. The trap doors in the floor are not for vanquishing enemies but for cooling the home in the summer months. The home’s varied array of design features and finishings are the result of its owner, Jule Körner, being an interior designer and decorator who used the home to show off his work to clients. The strangest thing about his family is that his children had a pet raccoon named Bob. Despite the lack of ghosts or tragedy, this is still a fascinating place to visit. It’s currently in the middle of of being renovated, so some rooms …
Venus flytraps at the UNC Charlotte botanical garden. Native to North Carolina, they are one of few plants capable of rapid movement, feeding on insects that trigger its lobes to snap close and form a stomach. It then releases digestive enzymes.
Entry area to a local haunted house, Scarrigan Farms. During the Halloween season it gets an eerie Crystal Lake treatment, but the rest of the year it serves as the backdrop to wedding receptions.
My sister and I both have long lists of places to visit saved on Pinterest, and in 2016 we resolved to start visiting some of the local spots we had saved. One of those was the rhododendron tunnel in Craggy Gardens, located north of Asheville in the Smokey Mountains. If you’re local to the area, I highly recommend visiting. Take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the Craggy Gardens visitors center. There are several trails to explore, but if you take the The Craggy Garden Trail, you will pass though a rhododendron tunnel exotic enough to belong in a tropical destination. We were so exited to see it that we forgot that the trail would actually lead somewhere, in this case to fantastic views of the surrounding Smokey Mountains. Since the Craggy Gardens area is higher in elevation the weather can change quickly, so come prepared. During my visit it went from light rain to fog, before the sun finally broke through.
Before the California Gold Rush, North Carolina was the place people flocked with hopes and wishes of striking it rich. Reed Gold Mine was developed after one such discovery made by a farmer’s son on their property. A visit to the mine includes a small exibit detailing the history of the gold rush in North Carolina, and a chronology of gold culture. After moving through the exibit visitors then move to a self guided tour of the mine itself and the surrounding property. Some points of interest include the engine shaft, Chilean mill stones, and a quartz vein.