It is during this time of the year, here in Western North Carolina that I get hit by 'the green wall'. Everywhere there is green -- and not just in lawns but in shrubs, bushes and trees - by the millions.
Each year I go through a semi-claustrophobic period. Most people would say I'm crazy - what's not to like about all the beauty around me? I think my feelings are based on being a 'western' girl. I grew up living on the beach -- I spent much of my adulthood in desert areas. I value the sight of the sun rising and setting in all its splendor. I value the night sky with the stars spread from horizon to horizon. I like knowing exactly where I am at any given time.
The first time we moved to the east and I made a drive out of my neighborhood, I got so lost. I must have passed the same place three times before I realized I was going around in circles. There was green everywhere. It all looked the same and it was quite unnerving.
For now I'll try to push my 'green phobia' aside - because fall and winter will soon be here and then I can complain about the cold and the leaves to rake - but by gosh I'll know where I am at any one time. *smile*
"Any landscape is a condition of the spirit." - Henri Frederic Amiel