A little excursion

While my 91-year-old dad is sheltering in place with my sister about 30 miles away, his mountain cabin is sitting empty. A trusted neighbor keeps his eye on the property, but because we live only about a 15-to-20-minute drive from the cabin, we decided to take a little trip over just to check on things….

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #10: Last Hurrah

I thought most of the leaves had turned completely brown now or had dropped to the ground.  However, these have just begun to show color.  I’m not sure if this is a small tree or a shrub, but I noticed it this past week while walking down our road.  As of today, the colors were…

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…

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #8: From our back deck

Before the torrential downpours started today, knocking many of the remaining leaves off the trees, we had beautiful views from our back deck…           See more autumn leaves or join the Festival of Leaves challenge here.    

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #7: Along our road

We finally have brilliant color! Here are a few photos taken on my cell phone during my walk down our road today.   See more autumn leaves or join the Festival of Leaves challenge here.    

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #6: And the color deepens

The colors are deepening on our maple tree and look quite different when seen close up and when seen from a distance.   And the Sourwood leaves, which in most years are a bright red, look rust-colored in the shade and have more of a golden tone in the sunlight. See more autumn leaves or…

Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #3: Tulip Poplar

Well, it’s official.  This past September was the warmest on record here in my corner of Northeast Georgia.  And the amount of rainfall in the past five months surely has set a record.  Today was the first day it has felt even a little like Autumn, so the leaves still are without much color. The…