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Sunlight illuminates leaves of crimson, gold, and yellow against the Carolina blue sky. Beautiful, aged leaves, wearing scars of seasons past. There’s no perfection to these fading leaves, spotted as they are by fungus, edges carved ragged by hungry caterpillars, torn by winds of summer storms, but beautiful, they are. Trees have no concern of vanity, no need for cosmetics, no desire to win the admiration of other beings. Just as they reach the peak of color the leaves let go, drifting to the ground to feed the fungus and keep warm the caterpillars, in what I can only perceive as a perfect act of unconditional love.~K
WITH JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS
JOCASSEE VALLEY HISTORY TOUR ~ Cherokee History w/ Dave LaVere
Carpooling to Holly Springs Country Store at SC Hwy. 11 & US 178. From there we’ll be starting at the parking lot at the intersection of E Preston McDaniel Road and 9 Times Road where we’ll do a loop hike that will take us to some impressive rock formations.
Nine Times Preserve - Photo from Only in Your State/SC
Buzz Williams, the founder and former executive director of the Chattooga Conservancy, is heavily involved in the non-profit’s Native Cane Restoration Project, a collaborative cost-share effort with the USDA Forest Service. The project goal is to restore 29 acres of native cane located on the Oconee County side of the SC Highway 28 Bridge that crosses the Chattooga River into Georgia.
Learn how plants and animals prepare for the coming of winter.
Nature studies at SCBG
THIS WEEK ON LAKE JOCASSEE
NOVEMBER 18, 2019
WINTER WALKING. There is this walk within Devils Fork State Park, between the two remote ramps, that I save for winter each year. It’s just a mile and a half back and forth between the ramps, and yet possesses a nice bit of vertical climb, so the walk is pretty good early morning exercise for myself and Mica, my deliriously happy dog on these walks. No traffic at first light, and plenty of squirrels to chase. That’s the magic formula for Mica. For me it’s the early morning light streaming through the forest, and the first calls of the loons as they come in from their rafts of safety at night, well out into the basin, seeking their first meal of the day, wailing out to locate their companions. The loons weren’t there this morning, as they are just now arriving from their summer breeding ponds. They’ll be there soon though, and I will know then that ‘our loons’, the ones that ply this shore every morning through the winter months, are here for the season, this fine season of solitude, long shadows, and the grace of the loons. ~B
Do kids NEED to be outside? Of course they do! Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education offers school field trips into the Jocassee Gorges - by way of Lake Jocassee - to conduct hands-on investigations into the many wonders of this unique and valuable eco-system. These field trips are structured to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade SC State Standards. Public, private, charter, and home schools welcome!
Call Kay at 864-280-5502 for more information.
HIKING? WEAR ORANGE! IT'S HUNTING SEASON!
DID YOU KNOW?
Until recently, loons were thought to mate for life. However, banding loons to allow the identification of individuals has shown that loons will often switch mates if their previous mate does not return in the spring or is displaced by a rival loon during the breeding season.
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.