Monday, March 18, 2013


             Spring at last, spring at last….

After enduring four months of winter starkness of the southern Appalachian 
woodlands,   the first signs of  life poking up through the leaf litter: 

Fairy Wands

Wood Anenome

Great Chickweed

Trout Lily

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wildflower Identification Site

Here's a lovely wildflower identification website I came across with photos of North Georgia wildflowers.  This appears to be a personal collection representing quite an effort by Frankie Abercrombie and Mildred Norrell.  It is as good as any localized Field Guide I've seen.  Most of the pictures are of flowers taken in Lumpkin and Union Counties in the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Take an armchair safari…

A nice way to feed the need for foreign travel.  Find a site and leave it on while you’re doing something useful and something interesting just may turn up.

Several cameras in Southern Africa:
Djumo Water Hole cam in Botswana:
Our favorite is Tembe.   Best viewing is in summer (their winter) during the dry season.    Our morning is their afternoon. (they are 6 hours ahead)

South America:  Hummingbird/Bird feeder cams in  Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina
North America   An assortment of bird/nest cams.  Some in Europe,  Australia.  A couple I like are: 
(Thanks to Patty for these) and
Australia   This one is really nice.  I’m viewing it in March and seeing Rainbow Lorikeets and Sulfur-crested Cockatoos.  View full screen at night for Aussie daytime. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Music: Neil Young's Sugar Mountain

Sugar Mountain 

Neil Young's song is a haunting and wistful anthem to lost youth, and the realization that "You can't go home again." 

              On Youtube: