Kerr Lake Weekend

Michelle and I spent the weekend with Dan and Patti Betz, at their Kerr Lake waterfront property in Henderson, North Carolina.

I took my DJI  Mavic Pro and took a few aerial photos.  This is Dan’s waterfront and pier.

Turning around, this is a view of his house (with Patti and Michelle on the porch in foreground) and property, along with the home (background) that belongs to Patti’s mother.

We went into Clarksville, Virginia to check out the sea plane and wine festival.  The sea planes cancelled due to high winds, but that had no effect on drinking.  This blue-lined skink watched as we toured the Clarksville historic district.

As always, fishing was fun, as Dan and I both recently restocked our tackle boxes with a few 2017 lures, coming from a stop-off visit to Green Top and Bob-Cats.

All of our pre-spawn bass came from close-in tight to the banks, and using soft plastics and chatterbaits.

On Sunday on our way home, Michelle and I walked a trail below the Kerr Lake dam, along the Staunton River, in search of spring wildflowers.  First-up was the beautifully fragrant yellow jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens), which requires sunny openings to flower.  This vine occurs in Virginia, south to Florida and west to Texas, with southern Virginia being the northernmost extent of its natural range.

Great-star chickweed.

Purple wood sorrel.

Upright yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta).


Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) was common in the understory.

Tiger swallowtail.

Bluets (Houstonia caerulea), a personal favorite.

Lyre-leaved sage (Salvia lyrata).

Male eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas).

Field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta).

Smooth rockcress (Boechera laevigata) at peak bloom, with its yellow-white bell flowers.  Spring beauty was everywhere.

On the forest floor we saw lots of past bloom bloodroot, yellow trout lily, early saxifrage and wild ginger.  A beautiful morning hike.

Thank you Dan and Patti for a wonderful weekend.