On Monday, Feb 4, I took a ride down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain with a couple of my grandsons – Chase and Jeff. To a great extent this was to get them out from in front of their computers/video games, but also, since we’ve had such a warm winter, to check to see if there were any early signs of spring. We walked the boardwalk and all the way up to and above the falls. We had a good time, and even though I was expecting some indication that spring is around the corner, I was surprised…
As we drove in and I saw the “Fee Area” sign, I remembered that my Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass had expired last week; I need to get that renewed. At the boardwalk, there were a lot leaves showing up – Cutleaf Toothwort, and Trailing Trillium with their flower buds starting were common. Pretty quickly came a bit of a surprise – Hepatica blooming. These were common, although most weren’t entirely open, many were.
Just before we reached the falls, I spotted some red color nestled in the leaves:
We went on up to the falls and played around, the boys exploring extensively. What a great way to spend a late winter afternoon.