Here’s a weekend waterview from Lake Norman. . .
It’s been a week of hot, steamy and stormy weather with
two EF1 tornados touching down just north of us, as they made their way
through neighboring counties.
Fortunately there were no injuries or fatalities from the storms, but there were
downed trees and power outages for thousands in our area.
Our weather apps on our phones were going crazy with alerts
on both Sunday and Monday.
The sky also told us to brace ourselves. . .
Our Silver Maple tree took a hit from a lightning strike two summers ago. . .
It’s been struggling and has significant die back
on a main trunk where it was hit . . .
It’s going to take some heavy equipment
to remove the broken section from the water.
We have a tree company coming to take a look at it.
We hate to lose such a mature tree and prominent fixture in landscape.
It also provides our only shade by the water.
Duke Energy has very specific rules and regulations regarding trees
within 50 feet of the shoreline of the lake.
I created a graphic of North Carolina’s 12 Seasons for fun. . . .
Raise your hand if you’re currently experiencing ‘Hell’s Front Porch’
season like we are! 🥵
Winter – 30 days
Fool’s Spring – 15 days
Second Winter -15 days
Spring of Deception -15 days
Third Winter – 15 days
The Pollening – 40 days
Spring – 30 days
Summer – 90 days
Hell’s Front Porch – 60 days <- we are here
False Fall – 20 days
Second Summer – 25 days
Actual Fall – 10 days . . .my favorite and incidentally, briefest season!
“Our” Great Blue Heron is a year-round resident . . .
He can usually be found on our dock or our neighbor’s
while he patiently waits for fish to swim by.
I’m always amazed at how long he can balance on one foot. . .
And I get a kick out of watching him contort himself as he preens. . .
In case you missed it, you can join me at a lakeside table
with sunflowers and find additional sunny floral inspiration from
my Monday Morning Blooms’ friends, HERE.
I’ll leave you with a sunset photo. . .
Hope you’re finding a way to beat the heat and stay cool!
Happy Sunday ♥
Thank you for your visit!