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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A Note on the Progress of Spring: Sarvis Coming, Pine Pollen Too; Turkey Season is In

I’ve seen the first sarvis in bloom on the south side of Pittman Mountain, about 1,800 feet. It’s going to have to hurry if it’s going to help the old gals decorate the altar for Easter. People always ask me … Continue reading

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Snow Report

It’s snowing pretty enthusiastically at our location, about two miles southeast of Mineral Bluff. I believe it started just before 7 AM. It’s a light grapply snow. As of 8:30, it isn’t sticking much on the ground, although the temperature … Continue reading

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Bouncy Weather, Downtown Development

We had a strong thunderstorm last night that dropped several inches of rain. I don’t have my rain gauge out yet, but I’ll bet we had over two inches. The grass is starting to grow in the driveways, and everything … Continue reading

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Dems Make Fannin Election History, Business As Usual At the Courthouse

We’re having one of those beautiful foggy, misty mornings with the temps around 50 on the porch. The redbuds have started to come, which adds a touch of color to the dominant green on gray. The Fannin County Democratic party … Continue reading

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Colder, But Beautiful; Blue Ridge Station Under Development; Waterfall Driving Tour

It’s bounced back cold. We had about 30 on the porch this morning. It didn’t seem as cold as yesterday, because yesterday we had a very strong wind, which dried things out considerably, at least up on top. The full … Continue reading

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Report on Spring

We’ve had a steady drizzle all day, temps in the 40s entirely. Shifting mists, classic mountain weather. Our redbuds are starting to bud, along with the red maples. The beech and white oak are still holding their leaves. The oaks … Continue reading

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Coffee on the Porch Today

I’m sure it will bounce back cold, as it always does, but its felt a lot like spring this week. It was about 60 this morning and we had coffee on the porch for the first time this year. Yesterday … Continue reading

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First Sign of Spring – the Tree Frogs

With the mild evenings and rain, I’ve been thinking it’s about time for the tree frogs, and we heard them for the first time last night. That’s the first real sign of spring in my book. Looking back, the corresponding … Continue reading

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