Stately magnolias with their glossy, dark green leaves provide the lush backdrop for our Spring Fling across the South.
Live oaks shed their dusty, leathery leaves, only to be immediately replaced by new mint green leaves and catkins bearing pollen that sends Southerners reaching for the allergy pills. White dogwood blooms play hide-and-seek through woodland branches, and the ever-present Spanish moss sways in the breeze.
Lavender wisteria tumbles over everything in its path. Dilapidated fences and abandoned homesteads become mere props for the show; then the vines curl their way up through tree branches to add an unexpected purple pop to the verdant treetops.
Giant pink ruffled azaleas stand as footprints of where cabins once existed. All that remains is the old stone fireplace and the azaleas planted in the past century.
Wildflowers flow like a carpet beside the road in shades of pink, yellow and blue. Sprays of wild roses bounce in the wind from the weight of the bees jockeying for position on their alluring yellow centers.
And most importantly, the turtles are back out catchin’ some rays … and just showin’ off.
Ahhhh … Spring.