Autumn is here

Now that the weather is cooler, a visit to Lake Norman State Park is a treat. There are hiking trails and biking trails — all with lovely vistas.

 

Native wildflowers are blooming

 

 

As I walked the Alder Trail in the park, I saw several small apparently native wildflowers. That was until I came upon this outrageously colored flowering bush. After I returned home, I looked up its name and found several names for it: Strawberry bush and Hearts-a-Bursting are two of its most common names. Euonymus americanus is its scientific name. Whatever you decide to call it, it was breathtaking to behold. I hope you get a chance to get out to the park to see it.

 

 

 

I hope you find the video below relaxing.

I will be traveling to our parks and greenways to record peaceful moments. If you have a favorite peaceful place where you can record 30 to 90 seconds of video, email it to me at estafford@lknconnect.com and I’ll publish the best and most relaxing in this column.

 

Lake Norman State Park, Troutman, NC

 

 

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