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The gentlest of rains eventually wears smooth the sharpest of rock. Stone becomes sand. Sand is carried to sea by rain. Along the way the pace of water slacks and sand settles. A weather phenomenon gifts the earth with hours of steady rainfall and tons of sand – miniscule bits of feldspar, quartz, and mica – shift in the torrent. Under waterfalls, pools deepen; downstream new sandbars form. Our beautiful lake, Jocassee, changes constantly. Lovers of nature rejoice. Boaters, beware.~K
Leaving Wright Creek Falls.
Photo by Dale Sorensen
WITH JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS
JOCASSEE GORGES DRIVING TOUR & SUNSET PICNIC AT JUMPING OFF ROCK
Enjoy the colors of the changing season with a relaxing hayride around the park, then enjoy live music outside and in front of the visitor center fireplace. There will be local vendors, live music, and wildlife education programs throughout the day!
From the trailhead located within Oconee State Park this out and back trail provides you with scenery that is well worth the effort. Mountain laurel and rhododendron engulf the edges of the trail, along with wild strawberries, Solomon's seal, beggar lice, and a variety of asters.
Non-native invasive plant species can threaten and alter both natural and cultural resources. Key to protecting these resources are recognizing invasive species’ potential for spread and finding new introductions.
All tours of Mushroom Mountain include an introduction to fungal ecology and life cycles, laboratory tour and research overviews, and the fruiting room. Many aspects of mushrooms, including medicinal properties, cooking, and mycoremediation to soil creation will be discussed along the way!
Join us each month as we explore a different area of the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest (CEF). These fun and informal walks will expose you to a diversity of natural and cultural resources in the CEF.
In this new program, participants learn how
to grow and then preparefood to eat in the
Food For Thought Garden. In the fall session,
kids enjoy the summer bounty of the garden
by harvesting andpreparing summevegetables
in simple, delicious recipes.
WONDER COMING. There are periods of pure wonder on Lake Jocassee, amidst the most wonder-filled place I have ever lived. The next few weeks is such a period. By mid-August, the forest is a solid, ubiquitous dark green, the color of nature at the deepest part of summer, then the slow progression to fall begins. At this point, mid-October, this diversified forest in which we live and work is getting ready to take one’s breath away. You can sense it coming around the bend on the Thompson River. You know the one, the one that make you feel like you’re entering Jurassic Park. At that bend, if the light is just right, every tree is just a little different in color than the one next to it. To the attentive eye, to the subtle observer, it is a palate of soft colors, not brilliant just yet, but oh so lovely and delicate. The explosion of fall is upon us, and yet it begins so quietly.
COLOR REPORT. Well, it’s everywhere, but look specifically at the sourwood trees, the yellow and green dotted poplars, and the red dappled black gums. The maples are started to turn, and the sweet gums too, and the sumac. I could go on and on.
LOON REPORT. Waiting, anxiously.
EAGLE REPORT. We’ve been spotting them every day this week, and it’s not even time for the fall migration of eagles to our shore yet! It should be a good eagle winter.
SWIMMER’S REPORT. Oh yeah, it’s still just right. Our days are numbered, though, for you die hard swimmers out there.
A pine tree tries to hold it's world together.
Photo by JumpYankeeStudios
DID YOU KNOW?
Sand is the Earth in miniature. Every rock eventually succumbs to erosion and will become sand with time. ... Particles of sand are cemented together to become sedimentary rocks, which may have different appearances, depending on the size and composition of the sand particles.
ABOUT THE BLUE WALL
Spanning three states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and encompassing 859,000 acres, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, known as the 'Blue Wall' by Native Americans, contains some of the highest natural diversity of rare plants and animals found anywhere in the world.