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It doesn’t take much rain to make Mother Nature happy. It’s not much rain we have had this week, despite cancelled outings and forecasting promises. A drizzle, an occasional light shower, and now, heavy fog has settled over the landscape, hushing footsteps through fallen leaves. It's quiet enough to get a sense of these woods, young trees growing, perhaps, from old roots, in that way nature thrives with continuity. This year has graced us with a beautiful autumn, but the price has been dry weather since summer. On this second day of gray, droplets of water hang on the tips of sparkleberry and pine. Mosses and lichens are radiant. Pipsissiwa is rinsed clean of ground dander; Crane-fly orchids are brighter green on top, brighter purple underneath, and they look relieved to feel rain, finally, little though it may be. Perhaps I should hush. I hear El Nino is coming back around. We’ll adapt to whatever winter has in store, as survivors do. That’s for certain.~K
Originally a military compound and later a trading post, this Historic Site offers both, recreational opportunities and a unique look at 18th and 19th century South Carolina. A self-interpretation station is available at the park office.
Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock to keep this inspirational talent alive. Visitors are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and join in a jam session or simply sit back to enjoy the music with the lake and mountains as a beautiful backdrop.
Our Conestee team is partnering with the South Carolina Aquarium for a Conestee cleanup. During this volunteer event you will be assigned a section of the Preserve to pick up trash. We provide trash bags, trash grabbers, and gloves (provided to us by Greenville County's Litter Ends here!).
“Murmuration” is an innovative outdoor sound art work that comprises 100 wirelessly controlled robotic woodblocks that are mounted on trees in large wooded areas. The instruments are triggered by computer-generated algorithms that mimic biological and geological processes.
It was noisy this Saturday morning at first light. The ceiling was low, the fog hung just above the horizon. In such a circumstance sound travels well across the water, and I could hear loons from far across the lake. None to be seen close by, but a Horned grebe did hang out almost at my feet. First I heard wails, that lonely ‘where are you’ call loons are most well known for. They don’t migrate with their chicks nor their mate, so it is no wonder they are making such a call. Their loneliness can be felt and shared. The next call heard was the tremolo, a call loons make when excited, disturbed, and when in flight. December is prime fall migration time for loons and all the rest of the winter birds that stop at Jocassee, so what I expect I heard was a loon in the process of moving on, heading to the Gulf of Mexico, where most of our flyway birds go in winter. Lastly, I heard a one syllable attempt at a yodel, the sound males make in breeding season. It is testosterone driven, so it may be that some remnant of his summer escapades must be lingering in his memory. The noise here this time of year is bird driven, and December is the most kinetic month for fall migration. It’s my kind of noisy. It’s my kind of music. ~B
Crane-fly orchids emerge as a single leaf as weather cools and leaves fall. By summer the leaf has faded into the ground and a stalk, adorned with dainty and exquisite orchid flowers, marks the spot.
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.