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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!
Pit. Pat. Pit. Pat. Pit. Patter. Pitter patter. Patter turns to a light steady rain, but this isn’t rain I hear, it’s falling leaves. This gusty wind day, with blue sky quickly losing out to a low band of dark clouds, looks like rain, feels like rain, sounds like rain, but no wet drops fall. And yet the exact sound of rain comes through this open window. I go outside, sit, close my eyes, listen. Within a moment the air goes from a gentle whisper to a stiff breeze to a hard gust, and rain-sound corresponds to the downpour, but dry leaves fall instead of moisture. I’ll bet the Japanese have a lovely word for this. Google doesn't! ~K
Have you ever wanted to see a real live snake up close? Come join Ranger Briley for a short discussion on some of the common myths and facts about snakes and get a chance to meet some real live snakes up close!
SC Adopt-a-Stream seeks to educate SC residents about impacts to water quality and habitat and collect baseline, non-regulatory data on the health of our waterways. Become a certified citizen scientist and learn how to monitor water quality in a stream near you!
Site profile; a part of assessing your stream, Photo by SC AAS
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
Have you checked the DFSP webcam lately? It's fun to watch! Click on the FOJ logo above the live cam and it will take you directly to Friends of Jocassee website. Take a look and see what we’re all about!
A pluviophile loves the pitter-patter sound that rain makes against the bedroom window, enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather, and will draw open curtains to watch the spectacle of a thunderstorm late at night. A pluviophile appreciates the sweet smell of rain in the morning and finds joy and happiness on rainy rays. ~pluviophile.com
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.