Friday, May 17, 2013

foiled - Landsford Canals, Spring (Part II)

This past weekend we took a getaway beyond the border, but stopped along the way to witness the bloom of the much talked about spider lilies at Landsford Canal State Park. These rocky shoals lilies are famed for their magnificent bloom here on the Catawba River and we have wanted to catch it for years, the peak bloom time being May and June.  We were foiled by the tons of rain they've had  which swelled the river beyond it's banks and all the lilies were submerged! We expected to see thousands of these...


but we were greeted instead by...


and near enough white water rapids! This was the "gentle water viewing spot"...



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We met other folks from Charleston with giant camera lenses poised and ready to capture the beauty with sad expressions and loose plans for a purposed return trip when the waters subside. We did enjoy a great 2 mile walk on the nature trail and along the canals...


We also encountered this guy... anyone know what type of snake this is?


There are new picnic tables with grills since we were here in the fall and it's a great fishing spot...


The park here is nice and shady too...


There is another great chance to visit soon and see those elusive spider lilies right from the water with the Spider Lily Eco tour on May 25th, 2013. Take your own kayak or rent one and paddle through the lilies. For all the details click here.


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