Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beginnings of Fall, Part 2

I took this photo on 28 Sep 08, from the front porch of our office. A few trees are getting some color. The official "Fall Color Guy" for the state of NC has predicted a very spectacular leaf season, due to the drought. There is a silver lining to every dark cloud. See the fall color report at

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Beginnings of Fall

While the weather is still summer-like (daytime temps in the upper 70s), there is beginning to be a feeling of fall in the air. The katydids are singing a little softer at night, geese are beginning to fly overhead, the tree foliage is becoming a darker green and squirrels are frantically buttressing their nests and carrying acorns.
This is a perfect time to visit the mountains (actually, any time is the perfect time to visit the mountains). Most people have ended their summer vacations, so there is less traffic on the roads, the hiking trails hold more solitude, the waterfalls are uncrowded and the birds, celebrating the cooler weather, fill the air with song.

When the leaves change colors (usually beginning mid-October) the beauty of the mountainsides is unparallelled. There will be more people here then. It is often joked that there is no one left in the state of Florida during October--they are all here looking at leaves.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


The rains from Faye brought the mushrooms to life, but there are still fewer than in years past. In 2006, we identified 63 different varieties on Ash Grove's 14 acres. One of those varieties was the Black Tumpet Mushroom, a choice edible (and they were delicious!). Unfortunately, we didn't find any of those this year, but there are still lots of incredible ones.

See more at our Flickr album

Monday, September 1, 2008

YouTube Videos

I took a couple of vids of Ash Grove's Stellar (secluded, carved from the forest, walk-to) campsites over the Labor Day weekend and posted them on our YouTube site.
Here is the link or click on the videos on the right side of this page: