2. The Bees
If you know me, you already know how much I HATE bees. Yeah sure, pollinate and honey and all that stuff - but why sting? And must their buzz be so loud?
Anyway, fun fact about North Carolina: they have these things called Carpenter Bees that are basically bees that like to burrow and lay their eggs into old wood. Oh, another fun fact: there are a lot of trees in North Carolina, and some of them are old and dead. Also people have a lot of dead wood and branches just laying around their yards from various storms. And also, our deck out back is made of old wood. So here's what I see at least sixty of every. single. day.
In addition to all these monster bees, North Carolina is also home to your standard, everyday wasps, bees and bumblebees - which look like this if you don't know:
So yeah, basically I go through a living hell every time I pass beneath a flowering tree (of which there are hundreds - but we'll get to that in time).
3. The Flowers
The flowers here just pop up out of nowhere in the most unexpected of places. Not just weedy flowers either - there are daffodils everywhere. Just bloomin' away like they own the place. Spring is beautiful everywhere, but have you guys seen an an azalea bush?
4. The Trees
Though the flowers are spectacular, the showstoppers here have got to be the flowering trees. Thanks to books and movies I had heard of dogwood trees, but I had never actually seen one in real life. The white dogwood trees are gorgeous - it looks like millions of butterflies are sitting on the branches.
But, the pink dogwood trees are by far my favorite.
Before the dogwoods were in full bloom though, there were all these droopy pink-flowered trees that were so pretty. I did some googling and I am not sure, but I think they were called weeping cherry trees? Anyone that knows their NC trees, please correct me if I'm wrong.
And, of course, the beautiful tree right outside our front door... I don't know it's name either.
Every time I passed underneath it on our walkway I felt like I was in a wedding, or a fairytale!
5. The Moon Up Above and a Thing Called Love
I don't really have anything to say about the moon here - it's the same moon everyone else sees. I guess I could write something cute and sappy and along the same lines as the American Tail song... Except the time difference would mean I would have to stay up way later than my Utah peeps if we wanted to stare at the same moon at the same time. I'm so sentimental!
And it's still a little early to say that we love it here - I mean, we like it. But right now it's like as a friend kind of like. Winter was really rude to us and I think we might hold that grudge for a while. But hey, we love each other! Even though you'd think we'd be sick of each other by now, we're not :) Stay tuned though, finals are just around the corner.
**Again, the only pic in this post that was taken by me is the last one. They're all from Google, but only because I have so many things to carry around these days that my camera has sort of been neglected.