I need to get something out of the way right off the bat. I did not get the job I applied for at the NCA and I am very disappointed. It is having a bit of a cascading effect. I am quite good at ignoring my feelings, so I need to acknowledge my disappointment before it can show up in some unwanted or unintended way.
Now I have to really go out and look for a job, something I have not had to do for the last twenty years. There are a few hurdles I must get through it seems to start a new life on the mainland.
So I garden and I visit gardens again to meet new friends. Xris from Flatbush Gardener and I met up at the Arboretum to start our day together.
These Tiger Swallowtails seems to pause when they sip nectar making for nicer pictures, unlike the black and blue Spicebush Swallowtails which flap non stop and are hard to catch on pixels.
This bug was barely moving. It didn't have to go far to get to the next flower on this Joe Pye relative, another Eupatorium. I did read the label, but I did not retain the species name. Maybe Xris did.
After a nice drive from my place back to Asheville through the back woods we ended up in downtown Hendersonville. The town had pretty much closed for the night and there were bears wandering through town.
You can take a bear out of the woods, but it still looks like they may have the same bathroom habits.
This bear looks like it may have been in a fight. Poor thing has a chunk of hair missing from his shoulder.
Where was this bear when I needed him? I have spent the last week and a half measuring things and without the fancy laser level this bear has.
Ten to eight.
Say goodnight to Hendersonville.
It was a very nice downtown. Lots of old buildings with small shops, all closed, on big sidewalks, very pedestrian friendly. I should have taken pictures of some of the many well done large planter boxes. I guess you need to get there before six.