Solomon's Seal by Kathy Hardy.

Photo by Kathy Hardy of Pisgah Forest, N.C.
“Solomon’s Seal,” Holmes Educational State Forest, Hendersonville, N.C.
Photo taken April 10, 2011 using a Canon EOS REBEL T1i.

Photographer’s notebook

I moved from Louisiana to the mountains of North Carolina four years ago. Since then, I’ve totally fallen in love with the whole area and nature photography. In an effort to increase my photography skills and meet other local photographers, I joined the Land of Waterfalls Camera Club a little more than a year ago, and we were on an outing earlier this month at the Holmes Educational State Forest when I took this awesome photo.

I love water droplets…especially on the tips of leaves and flowers. Springtime is my favorite time of year. I’m just in awe by all of the wildflowers that pop up everywhere and, unless it’s pouring rain, you can find me in the forest with my camera.

Kathy Hardy, Pisgah Forest, N.C.
See more photos by Kathy Hardy.

Editor’s note

Holmes Educational State Forest in Henderson County is one of six North Carolina Educational State Forests in the state and the only one in Western North Carolina. Like its counterparts across North Carolina, Holmes Educational State Forest serves as an outdoor classroom for children and adults to learn about forestry, the ecology of the woods and other environmental topics.

Open seasonally from mid-March until the Friday before Thanksgiving, the Holmes Educational State Forest has hiking trails — including ones with “talking trees” — camping and picnic amenities and ranger-conducted programs that help teachers fulfill educational goals specified in the North Carolina Department of Education’s science curriculum.

Want your photos featured at Post them to our Flickr group or send your images to

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. You may republish our stories for free, online or in print. Simply copy and paste the article contents from the box below. Note, some images and interactive features may not be included here.

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *