|My Black Twig...colored pencil|
My favorite time of year (at the moment) is autumn. So what do I do to further enjoy the crisp and colorful fall days? I take a little trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Yesterday my husband and I hiked the trail up stony man mountain to gaze at the colorful valley below. Stony man you may ask? When looking at the mountain many people see the silhouette of a bearded man lying down, hence the name. Can you see him? If you do you, my husband tells me that you have a creative mind, if you don’t then you are with him. I must have looked a bit loony as I drew with my finger in the air the shape of the stony man. My husband just looked at me and said he saw it, but I suspect he was just trying to shut me up. I think it’s a right brain left brain thing.
(click the photo to enlarge to better view the snoozing mountain man)
This yearly sojourn is never over till we pick up some black twig apples. I know, again with the unfamiliar terms. Black twig apples are an heirloom apple or antique if you wish. I’m not saying that they are as old as that Chippendale chair in your living room, although they do last a bit longer than other varieties of apples. I’m just saying that the apple has been around a long, long time.
Black twig apples are a dark burgundy color. They are a sweet/tart apple and originated in Tennessee around 1830. Unfortunately this particular apple is a bit rare and I doubt you will find them sitting in a bin with the macintosh in the old grocery store. The black twig apple happened to be a favorite of Andrew Jackson and was popular in 19th century Va. If you keep them in the fridge they will last very long, almost till spring!
And since the theme for CREATIVE TUESDAYS is Autumn I am linking this post so you can view my quick sketch of my and Pres Andrew's favorite apple, the Black Twig. Have a great day enjoying the crisp autumn weather! Now I am going to visit all the other Autumn posts and you should too!