Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mingus Grist Mill

The Mingus Grist Mill was the largest mill in the Smokies.  Its 200 foot water flume moved water to the mill's turbine which provided power to grind the grain.  The Mingus Family sold the mill to the National Park Service in the 1930s.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Springtime in Michigan

Don't usually see a herd of buffalo in Michigan. Especially so close to the road....and they didn't pay any attention to us. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Yoshino Cherry Tree Blossom


Cherry Blossoms in Macon Georgia

In 1949 Mr William Fickling built a home in Macon Georgia.  He hired a landscape company to work in his yard.  In the front yard a mysterious tree bloomed with beautiful small white to light pink blossoms.  Nobody knew what kind of tree it was.  While on a business trip to Washington DC in the spring he noticed that the trees surrounding the Tidal Basin we similar to the tree in his front yard.  It was then discovered that his beautiful tree was a Japanese Yoshino Cherry Tree.  The original trees were a gift from the Japanese government to the American people during President Taft's administration, who had them planted around the tidal basin. 

Mr. Fickling began rooting cuttings from his trees and gave them to many of his friends.  Soon, the beautiful trees were to be found in many yards around the city.  Some years later he was asked to donate a large number of trees to beautify the city.  Large numbers of trees were planted around the city.  Today, if you visit Macon Georgia during March you will see around 300,000 cherry trees in full bloom.  No photograph can possibly capture their beauty.  You almost need to see them to even begin to realize their beauty. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Cape Canaveral National Seashore.  Spoonbills in action.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Ahead

At least you can see hope of good times ahead in Macon, Georgia.

Monday, March 10, 2014

There is a God - The Alley Family

We are so excited - the Alley Family just recorded their first CD and they chose our picture of the Cades Cove Methodist church for the front of their CD. 

They can be located on Facebook.com/The AlleyFamilyMusic.

Join us in blessing their gift of music.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

45 Day's Till Spring....

but who's counting.......It seems that this mailbox (buried in snow) is a bright hope for the coming warm weather.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Cold Is It?

Seldom seen in Michigan, these guys are surely discussing the favorable weather conditions.