And, there's still that magical ride up US 65 from the coast through the national forest - I'm about to hop in the car and make it again today, up to check on my folks. It is hard for me to drive through there at a continuous speed - just too much to see. If you haven't tried this route, I'm telling you, it's worth losing cell phone coverage for that 30 minutes or so between Sumatra and Telogia.
And, now, the frogs have started singing again, too, so that's usually an irresistable stop and worth turning off the engine for - if you can hear them over the road noise and the radio, you really do need to stop and listen to them for just a minute. They are good.
As my niece likes to say, their discordant chorus sounds like a nasal rendition of "Bring the rain...raaaain...br-br-br-bring the rain...RAAAAIN"...
Anyway, I took these shots a few weeks ago. These beauties are in full bloom along the marshy fields that line US 65 as you get closer to the coast. Look how *many* of them there are.
It was worth getting my sandals muddy for these photos - we had had a ton of rain a few weeks ago, you might have heard, and the ground is saturated up in the forest - good for the forests and for the flowers in them....
I guess the chorus those frogs were singing must have reached someone else's ears, too...!