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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Teeny tiny spiderlings, so innocent, floating through air on strands of silken gossamer… all grown up into big scary hairy creepy SPIDERS! If the word SPIDER makes you recoil a little, join the club. ‘Tis the season when SPIDERS are hard to ignore, as are the prolific tangle webs I’ve spent this week trying to purge from all interior corners. (They aren’t hard to find since we also have a shedding dog.) A HUGE SPIDER (bigger recoil) cast an intricate and beautiful orb web above the porch steps… thank goodness I saw that one in time! And what was first perceived as a bit of dust hanging off the pull to an outdoor ceiling fan turned into a loooong string of silk. On our daily walk, mown grass is full of sheet webs, each with a little funnel hole for the spider-architect to hide in. To know more about SPIDERS is to… maybe not love them, but gain a better appreciation for who they are.~K
It’s time for our 3rd Annual Great Blue BBQ and Online Auction! Join us for the virtual kickoff on October 1, purchase a to-go plate of BBQ, and participate in the online auction often. All proceeds go toward sustaining our conservation and education programs.
The unspoiled mountain waters of South Carolina's premier inland paddling destination are home to the Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash, offering races for kayaks, surfskis, canoes, paddleboards, and other self-powered craft. Beginners and advanced paddlers are welcome, and are grouped by age and the speed of the craft to keep the racing fair.
Paddle Splash 2019--come join in this year's fun!
SC Botanical Garden Events
More Events Coming Soon!
IT'S HUNTING SEASON!
DON'T FORGET TO WEAR INTERNATIONAL ORANGE WHEN YOU'RE HIKING!
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
It’s been a Beta kind of week. Rainy and overcast, but somehow fresh and invigorating, as tropical storm weather can sometimes be. Scheduling our tours can be challenging in such weeks. The secret is to ignore the daily forecast and study carefully the hourly forecast and the radar. That way we can sometimes sneak in a tour on what otherwise looks like an unsuitable day. I am the assigned weather decision maker for JLT, not because of some fancy degree I don’t have, but because I am the only one willing to get up at 5am to study the weather! On the other hand, I do have a degree in elementary education, which teaches you a lot about chaos and unpredictability. :)
JOCASSEE WINTERBIRD REPORT. It’s been blowing a strong south wind over the Great Lakes this week, where many early season migrating loons congregate this time of year, so I didn’t expect to see any new birds. I did spend some time with the 5 or so immature loons who have been with us throughout the summer. They are amazingly approachable, a strong sign that they are returning loons from years past, as loons are wont to do. Several eagles have been seen throughout the week, and our first horned grebe! Now that’s exciting. ~B
Various species of spiders are classified based on the types of webs they weave. Different types of spider webs include: Spiral Orb Webs, Tangle (or Cob) Webs, Sheet Webs, and Funnel Webs. And did you know that spider silk is actually a liquid? When the silk comes into contact with the air, it hardens, allowing them to create and build their webs.
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.
Jocassee Lake Tours Depart from the Main Dock at Devils Fork State Park
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