NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTY IN ALL SEASONS
Our Neighborhood imparts inspiring views, wildlife viewing, water views, sounds of rushing water and each season adds it’s own beauty. Each experience depends upon the building you occupy but all can be enjoyed by strolling the loop atop Disharoon Ridge.
A mountain sunset and lens flare provides a unique image of Spring Dogwood blossoms on the edge of the Creek Golf Course, Green 5.
From the Azalea’s point of view: Spring blossoms provide colorful blankets of eye candy dotted over the landscape.
Mountain Laural blossoms adorn the loop around the common area every Spring.
Rhododendron blossoms are spectacular along some of the walkways. One can’t help but stop and admire the deep purple beauties.
A quiet approach to your deck can yield a special encounter.
Spring brings new life and sometimes in large numbers as we see here on Creek Golf Course Green 5.
Groups of deer romp across the fairway to drink at the edge of Disharoon Lake. In the Spring they are especially spirited, bouncy and happy, playing together, then they stroll back into the underbrush.
Here, we see summer golfers on the Creek Golf Course, hole 5, (Creek-5). You can’t see it from here, but trust me, to the right, or north, of Creek-5, there is a large observation deck with an access trail beside it, which leads to a hiking trail below it. This is an important summer access point for lots of fun. The safest route (when there are golfers) to reach the observation deck, is to walk along the path to the right of building 6 to the upper golf cart paved path and keep going to the observation deck. (On the right)
At the observation deck, this is a common sight. The Turkey Buzzards love to roost in the large dead tree at the lake’s edge. If you’re fortunate, you might also see an Eagle.
Behind buildings 4 & 5, the spillway between Disharoon Lake and Sconti Lake has been harnessed to construct a large 2-stage water slide. The sound of the water going over the slide is like a beautiful forest symphony. This is a part of the Swim Club on Disharoon Lake and can be reached by turning right when you reach the hiking trail below the observation platform north of “Creek-5”.
Continuing along the trail past the water slide on Disharoon Lake, you will pass the Fitness Center and then see the Swim Club. It includes, pool, beach, canoe, kayak, paddle boat and paddle board availability, plus a dock with access to a blow-up water park. Concessions and picnic tables are also available.
However, if you turn left at the hiking trail just below the observation deck at the north end of “Creek-5” you are given access to the pontoon bridge on Disharoon Lake. This can be seen from several of our buildings. It is an ideal place to practice with remote control boats, or to begin a long forest hike along the Lake Trail by turning to the right after crossing the pontoon bridge.
Hiking the Lake Trail along Disharoon Lake is a favorite family activity.
During the summer we observe the baby birds beginning to grow their big bird feathers.
Baby turkeys and parents occasionally stroll across the fairway.
Yes, summer skies often bring a mating pair of Eagles to our area which grace the air around Big Canoe while hunting.
Any stroll can yield wildflowers along with their special guests.
Every summer sunset is unique and spectacular.
Fall is a symphony of color in all of Big Canoe and our neighborhood has a front row, center seat to the spectacle.
We have about 6 weeks of color in the fall, with each week offering a different palette than the week before. The views of Disharoon Lake seem to change almost daily.
Shortly after beginning, the mountains are awash with color.
Our view of the pontoon bridge and Disharoon Lake looking toward Sanderlin Mountain is breath taking.
Even driving out of the neighborhood to run errands becomes a joy when observing the constantly changing landscape.
Turkeys become bold as they mature and the toms will actually attack cars on the road. You don’t want to mess with a turkey. Their talons are lethal. They don’t seem to worry about being so close to our buildings.
You would think this beautiful bird would be hiding in the wood with great fear just before Thanksgiving instead of boldly strutting his stuff next to our decks. By the way, they really aren’t too smart. A big one like this flew through the dining room window of one of our units. No-one would have believed it but one of our owners watched it happen.
When cooler days begin, the landscape brings new visual delights.
When driving down Disharoon Ridge to leave the neighborhood, you will encounter Lake Sconti. Early in the morning in the winter after the leaves have fallen, you can enjoy sunrises that seem like a giant rainbow horizon. What a beautiful way to start a day.
Yes, we do have snow. And it’s beautiful. It doesn’t last very long but this scene can be repeated several times during the winter season.
Walking out of your front door can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you live on the top.
Frequent social gatherings in the common area, which occur often in other seasons, are abandoned during snow events.
Winter wildlife is easier to see with the white back-drop and no leaves.
Even when you don’t want to get out in the cold, some winter visitors come to you. Keep your camera next to your sliding door near your deck.
This concludes the 4 seasons at Disharoon Ridge. If you join us, we hope you will enjoy our neighborhood as much as we do. We think it’s as close to heaven as you can come without departing this world.