Category Archives: Environmental News

Georgia Wild Newsletter on Caterpillars

There’s a good article in the current Georgia Wild newsletter on the role of caterpillars in the food chain, where they are of great importance to birds. It summarizes some of the recent research by Douglas Tallamy on the importance … Continue reading

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Eclipse Madness, Safety Viewing

So the eclipse is coming, August 21 in the afternoon. As we are in the band of totality, we’re expecting a lot of traffic, and cabin rentals are said to be off the charts for this time of year. The … Continue reading

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Cooler Weather, Eclipse Doings

We’re having a bit of an unseasonably cool spell, with morning temperatures around 60, and some breezy cool afternoons. It’s been a little drier, too, which is also welcome. The eclipse on the 21st is being celebrated in McCaysville. 2017 … Continue reading

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Just Emerged Luna Moth

 

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Rain Beats the Heat, Racetrack Operational, McCaysville Bypass, Losing the Baptising Hole

We had a beautiful, rumbly thunderstorm yesterday evening, the best we’ve had for a long time. It left us with about 5/8″ in the rain gauge, and it was timely, as it has been dry and hot for a few … Continue reading

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Laurel is Blooming, Still Cool Today

It was about 40 on the deck this morning. The laurel has been blooming here for a couple of days, beautiful weather. But with a chilly wind behind it. I said the wind must have been blowing at least 30 … Continue reading

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Chilly, Some Good Rain, High Winds, Hemlock Training, Lake Cleanup, Taste the Tri-Cities

It’s about 48 on the porch this morning, and we’ve had about 3/4 of an inch of rain overnight. There was already a half inch in the gauge from the day before. We also had some very high winds yesterday … Continue reading

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More on the Trout Festival on Saturday, Food Truck Alert!

The festival is this Saturday in the downtown park. On Friday night there is a High Country Boil – our version of the low country boil – at Merciers, with a silent auction of $7,000 worth of outdoor gear. That’s … Continue reading

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Flame Azaleas, Polk County Ramp Tramp Tomorrow, Trout Festival Next Saturday

The flame azaleas – the indigenous native species – are still in beautiful bloom. The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival is tomorrow, starting at 10:00. We usually hit the Delano market first, then head over for the festival. It’s usually … Continue reading

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Rain Report, Flame Azaleas Are Blooming

We’ve had about a half an inch of rain so far, and it continues to drizzle and rain off and on. It’s very welcome, as it was getting a bit too dry, which raises unhappy memories of last year. It … Continue reading

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