24 Apr 2007
List of things we did on Friday: Day 1
Vietnam war memorial
Korean War memorial
Walk around the Tidal Basin enjoying the last of the Cherry Blossoms
Thomas Jefferson memorial
Chinatown - Chinese food (don't forget the lemon chicken!)
Arlington national cemetery
Iwo Jima Memorial
List of things we did on Saturday: Day 2
National Zoo (most animals had taken a cold day off!)
Longest escalator in the western hemisphere (Wheaton station)
Checked out of the hotel and went to meet my friend K in her home.
We were meeting after four years and it felt wonderful to spend time with her family!
21 Apr 2007
18 Apr 2007
Phlox subulata is a low growing plant with tiny needle like leaves that stay green throughout the year. In spring, during the bloom period, the flowers take over and form a spectacular colorful carpet.
creeping all over the slope
It spreads wild if allowed space, thus earning the name creeping phlox. The plant comes in a few different colors and when planted next to each other it makes an attractive sight. They are native to the eastern United States.
I found it planted on a slope near a State Park on one of my Saturday morning hikes.
Tags: Flower Fest
16 Apr 2007
13 Apr 2007
12 Apr 2007
It was a huge long snake spread out on the side of the narrow hiking path. I was closest to it, maybe just a step or even half a step away from stepping on its rattler. I have had many encounters with these creepy crawlies before but this one really sends chills down my spine.
I don't want to scare myself silly ever time I open my blog, so I’m posting the link to the picture taken by my husband here. I wanted to write a brief note just to remember the incident.
I think the poor creature was more frightened than we were. I know that snakes are the most misunderstood creatures and I would never intentionally harm them in anyway. It's just that there is something about the way they look and slither about that terrifies me.
In the end, I'm glad that we both (the snake and the hikers) parted ways without anything unpleasant happening.
4 Apr 2007
I did not have to look very far for my entry to Flower Fest this time. I found this plant growing on the grass right outside my front door! This flower is called Oxalis stricta. The tiny yellow flowers occur in spring and are commonly described as an invasive yard weed.
The leaves of the plant are divided into three heart shaped leaflets which close at night and reopen in the morning. The leaves are edible and taste sour as they contain oxalic acid. It is fine when eaten in small quantities but can be harmful when ingested in large quantities. It has a number of common names of which the popular names are Yellow Wood Sorrel and Sour Grass. They belong to the family Oxalidaceae.
One look at this flower and it brought fond memories of my childhood and summer vacations. As a child, I remember picking the leaves of this plant and enjoying their tart taste. The seed pods of the plant looks like tiny bhindi (okra) and when bloated and ripe they explode scattering the seeds everywhere. I remember picking plump ones and bursting them for fun.
Oxalis stricta are hardy plants. They spring up in the strangest of places, even in cracks on the sidewalks. Serious gardeners have a tough time keeping them out of their lawns and potted plants.
This is my entry for O at Flower Fest.
Flower Fest - The A - Z of Flowers
Tags: Flower Fest
This state park is close to us, convenient to reach, the hike itself is great - short but a decent climb in a green setting. Works when we want to do a hike but don't want to go too far.
We made a trip here last Saturday, March 31. This time too, as always, we took the pinnacle trail and reached the top in 45 minutes. We spent some time enjoying the view of Gaston county before starting on the decent. With this hike done now we have seen this park in every season. This being the beginning of spring, we saw some really pretty flowering trees. Dogwoods, Yellow Jessamine, Wild Azaleas were all in bloom and begging to be photographed.
A even took a small video of the little steam flowing, the sound is a delight to hear now. Have to figure out about uploading it on Youtube.