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Birds do it, bees do it, even earthbound trees do it…And we have the pollen to prove it.
Sticking on car windshields, coating decks, collecting in small crevices of steps and on the sills of open windows, pollen coats our spring world. In local lakes and ponds, pollen creates painterly swirls across the water. Then the wind blows, and cleans the air, and clears the waters (and here I’m desperately wishing it would clean my house, but it doesn’t) and breathing is easy for a day or two. But then it’s time for another, slightly different species of tree to bloom and spread it’s exuberant abundance of male gametes across the land. It doesn’t last forever, this pollen season. But it lasts a long, long time.~K
Beyond the park’s historic significance, there’s a fishing pond and 1.5-mile nature trail that connects hikers to a trail leading into Sumter National Forest and ending at Station Cove Falls. Spring is an awesome time to view an abundance of wildflowers along this trail in and around Sumter National Forest and the majestic Station Cove Falls.
Devils Fork State Park April 24: 4:00 PM--April 26: 10:00 AM
This year’s Junior Naturalist Club explores the exciting habitats of South Carolina. From the mountains to the sea, participants will learn about the animals and plants who call this State home, and the landscapes that define South Carolina.
NEVER AGAIN! The winds have blown heavy from the south every afternoon this week. Just right for the departure of loons who haven’t left for their summer breeding lakes. I imagine we’ll see a few here and there, but for the most part, they are gone til next year. But oh, what a goodbye present one loon gave me one morning early this week. I had never before seen a loon landing up close, and at a distance it has always appeared that they make a big, splashy, even humorous landing. But never again. Witnessed from just a few feet away, their landing is graceful. With arched -down wingtips as they circle toward the surface of the lake, they stretch their legs and feet out and drag them in the water to decelerate onto the lake. Legs and feet as landing gear! It was a thing of beauty.
EAGLE WATCH REPORT: No chick sightings yet, but both adults are off the nest at the same time. And at least one young juvenile is watching over the southern end of the lake on a regular basis.
BLOOM REPORT: Subtlety rules this week. A bloom here, a bloom there in the understory. Next week, watch out!
SWIMMER’S REPORT. 56 degree surface water temperature. Not just yet. ~B
Gavia immer, landing gear down
DID YOU KNOW?
Though we associate pollen with the color yellow, pollen can come in many vibrant colors, including red, purple, white, and brown.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.