An interesting find. What is it?

Last month when grandson Ben came for a socially-distanced porch visit, he brought an artifact he had found, hoping I could identify it for him. He found it in a creek near his home. It’s very heavy, apparently made of iron, appears to have had handles although one is now missing, is hollowed out on…

Blackberry Winter

Every year after the cold of winter, the weather gets warmer, and everyone thinks Spring has arrived. But then it turns cold again, and that’s what we call Blackberry Winter when the blackberry bushes bloom. “Blackberry winter comes without a warningJust when you think that spring’s around to stayAnd you wake up on a cold,…

Blackberry Winter

Blackberry Winter is a term used in the American South to describe a cold snap in late Spring that coincides with the blooming of blackberry bushes. Sometimes we barely notice it, just a couple of days of cold weather amongst the warmth. But we know it has come and gone when the blackberries begin to…

In our woodland garden: Trillium

Trillium flowers face downward, so my photos this year are largely of the underside of the blooms.  Last year, in trying to position one for a better photo, I damaged it.  I didn’t want a repeat performance this Spring.  The state of Georgia where I live has more trillium species than anywhere else in the…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges

Bridges of Northeast Georgia   Bridge over Town Creek   Over Tallulah Gorge   Bridge over Chickamauga Creek   Stovall Mill Covered Bridge “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”Isaac Newton See more bridges or join the fun here.

Predicting Weather by the Signs: Wooly Worms, 2018

Here in the Southern mountains, the old-timers (and many young people as well) still predict the weather by “the signs,” that is, the signs found in nature.  One of those signs is the coloration of the wooly worms. Wooly worms, also known as wooly bears, are found across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and are…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Live

At the beach   In the Upper Midwest   In Southern Appalachia “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”  (Jane Austen)   See more places people live or join Cee’s challenge here.