It happens here like no other place in theis part of the world.
The Southern Appalachian Mountains have the greatest diversity of hardwood trees in the western hemisphere, and the Jocassee Gorges has the greatest diversity of hardwood trees within the Southern Appalachians, so the explosion of color that is here now is like no other. There are no adequate words. Stop what you’re doing. Don’t plan ahead. Don’t be practical. Don’t wait to see someone else’s pictures on Facebook. Get to the lake, get to the mountains. And hurry! This thing that is beyond words is ephemeral. Dress warm, breathe deeply, be prepared for wonder.
GUIDES’ WILDLIFE REPORT. What a week it’s been for all of us. Another bear sighting, eagles in flight and perched for all to see, loons, horned grebes just starting to arrive, and the gulls of winter as well. It’s hard to decide what to watch for, where to gaze, with the water’s surface so alive, and the lake shore so afire with color.