Late October

Brilliant colors on the Red Maple this year “I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.” – Leif Enger

A tropical storm in the North Georgia mountains

In the early hours of this morning Tropical Storm Zeta, which made landfall last night in Louisiana as category 2 Hurricane Zeta, reached the North Georgia mountains. Another anomaly of 2020. We don’t normally have tropical storms here, and this one traveled almost 600 miles overland to get to us. I slept in my clothes…

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…