Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back at Lillian Smith after a day in North Carolina and South Carolina... a long one

Ok, Blogo, let's see what you can do without my exporting photos from IPhoto to Photoshop for resizing. I've just gotten back from a long day's journey and don't have time to do the middle step I'm accustomed to doing.
So, here's the red door around 7:30 a.m. Sun was just about to come over the top of the mountain to the east... but not yet quite there to have points of light on the wall.
There were more of those amazing red-orange and quite tiny mushrooms in the moss near the Lillian Smith memorial site. These are only about 1/2" tall for the largest ones... to small sizes.
Snails were still very much present on the rock wall of the house where I'm staying. Thanks, Kaite, for letting me know that what I'd shown yesterday was indeed snail poo. Thought it was but it was also very interesting to see... beautiful linear pattern. This morning I noticed that some of the parts had dried and weren't too obvious. Wonder just how much excrement the snail does in a day?! He/she seems to stay pretty much in the same place on the wall, not moving too much in one direction of the other. My total biological ignorance shows in that I don't know what this fellow can be eating if staying in the same place for days on end... and still producing that much waste!

The yellow mushroom is changing more now... it's beginning to bend at the edges. Is this showing it will begin to dry and crack? Has it reached its peak size and on the way out? I'll keep looking through the next few days to see what changes happen.
My trip today was to visit Bethanne Knudson at Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, SC and Alice Schlein in Greenville, SC. Here are a couple of shots with each wonderfully sharing individual:
Here's one overall view of the mill interior with a jacquard loom in the foreground.
Bethanne show me the harness cords at the top of the jacquard head.
Then I was off in the typical afternoon thunderstorm, leaving Hendersonville to see Alice at her home and studio in Greenville...
... where she shared several of her samplings done on her TC-1 loom and pulled out some of the things from the box she's preparing to take to the workshop she teaching at Complex Weavers Association conference in New Mexico in a few weeks.
Both Bethanne and Alice are so wonderful to share their passion for weaving. The wealth of knowledge both hold is amazing and I am grateful they took their time with me today.


  1. it's all very interesting but i can only comment on what i know here and that is said snail is probably eating the moss, or maybe lichen - the lettuce shaped leaf in your first photo several days or a week ago. How big is s/he? cheers, kaite

  2. I think those little orange mushrooms are Chanterelles! Delicious if they are, but every mushroom has an evil twin, so they could be deadly instead!

    What a fun day you had! Thanks for sharing!

  3. That jacquard loom is fascinating and HUGE! The red door looks totally different without the light and shadows!