Arts in the Park this Weekend

The 43rd Annual Arts in the Park is this weekend in the downtown Blue Ridge park. Here’s a link to the description on the Chamber of Commerce site: https://www.blueridgemountains.com/events/43rd-annual-spring-arts-in-the-park/

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Dogwoods, Flame Azaleas, Rhododendron

We’ve had some beautiful warm weather this week. It was 80 on the porch this afternoon with a light breeze. There are still some dogwoods in full bloom, but more are probably fading. The flame azalea is nearly all in … Continue reading

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Trout Festival is Today

The Trout Festival is today, in the downtown Blue Ridge city park. It’s not just for people who fish, as there are lots of interesting vendors, and also some conservation information. The Save Georgia’s Hemlocks people will have an informational … Continue reading

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New License Regulations Affect Birders & Hikers, Too

I reported previously that new Georgia license regulations may affect hikers and birders as well as hunters and fisherfolk. For a list of properties that require a license to enter: http://georgiawildlife.com/LandAccess Note that this list is not alphabetical. It appears … Continue reading

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Dogwoods, Crab Apples, Flame Azalea & Trout Festival

We’ve had at least an inch and a half of rain over the past few days, and the trees are leafing out very enthusiastically. Most of the dogwoods are in full bloom. I imagine that this weekend will be the … Continue reading

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Dogwood Report

We’ve been having a little bit of what the locals call “dogwood winter,” on and off. We have a freeze warning tonight, and we had one a few days ago. In between, it’s been very mild, although there has been … Continue reading

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Good Overview of Georgia Trout Fishing, Trout Fest April 28

The current issue of Georgia Outdoor News has a good overview of trout fishing in Georgia, with due attention to mountain streams and lakes. The author, Bob Borgwat, knows what he’s talking about. This is the April issue, which you … Continue reading

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Sarvis & Dogwood Report

I’d say that the sarvis is fully in bloom, countywide. It seems to have been a good year for them, especially for the bigger trees. I’d still have to say that there are a lot fewer of them than there … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: First Mourning Cloak

I forgot to mention that I saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday afternoon (3/29). I saw the first Tiger Swallowtails yesterday (3/31). It strikes me that there’s usually a longer interval between the two, the Mourning Cloaks being early to … Continue reading

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First Mourning Cloak, Tiger Swallowtail

I completely forgot to mention that we saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday (3/29) and the first Tiger Swallowtail today (3/31/18). About four other butterflies that I couldn’t catch up with to identify.

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