Nacoochee was the 16-year-old daughter of Wahoo, a Cherokee chieftain, who fell in love with Sautee, the young and handsome son of the Chickasaw chief, one of the neighboring tribes with whom they were constantly at war.
They eloped and fled to nearby Yonah Mountain, where they found refuge in a cave. After a few days they decided to face Wahoo and ask for his consent but instead, he ordered Sautee to be thrown from the high cliffs of Mount Yonah, while Nacoochee was forced to look on. Seeing that, Nacoochee also leaped to her death from the same cliff.
Mount Yonah (Yonah is the Cherokee word for Bear) is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia’s Habersham County.
In my house, February is orchid month.
One of them just opened its first two blooms. It doesn't have as many buds as last year, but it is beautiful nonetheless.
And as always, they fuel my inspiration.
From the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association January newsletter:
The building where the gallery is located (an old school building) is very charming and very nicely appointed. Its director, Jim Thomas gave us a tour of the place when we visited it a couple of weeks ago. Besides the two Galleries it also includes a Gift Shop, the History Museum, a theater, workshops and the Folk Pottery Museum in an adjacent new building. And of course, the long hallway where my work will be on display.
Yesterday I got a new orchid plant, a C.G. Roebling ‘Sentinel’. Accordingly with the description its flowers are white-lavender-blue with a pronounced dark violet lip, just my kind of colors.
I can't wait for this orchid to flower and take some pictures but that will probably not happen until next spring.