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Welcome to the Blue Wall Weekly, your source for what's going on outside along the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Feel free to share your own photos, videos, and adventures along the Blue Wall by sending them to the email address at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our best to make you (locally) famous!
Birds—scores of birds—jostle and rustle in restless movement within a thicket of cabbage palms. Cawing, chattering, chirping, whistling and warbling, with an occasional screechy squawking, these birds appeared to be intoxicating themselves on the heavy clusters of small fruits. They paid no mind to the passing of human and dog, at first, then swooped with one movement out of the trees and around, around and away. The beating of so many wings was near and large like the whap-whap-whap of small helicopters, and they circled and went right back into the trees, and their feast. ~K
The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) seeks to integrate research, consultation, and education, along with the administration of grants, to create innovative solutions to address the multitude of complex issues facing Southeastern grasslands, the most imperiled ecosystems in eastern North America. Join Dr. Dwayne Estes, executive director of the SGI for the meeting via Zoom.
Trout fishing on Jocassee has finally made its turn for the better. After July the trout fishing slows considerably due to warm water temperatures. The trout have now become more aggressive and have moved back up into the upper water columns. We are using downriggers to target both rainbow and brown trout between the surface and 50' feet. Mostly using spoons to troll and occasionally dead drifting live bait. The annual stocking has happened on Jocassee this year, so be prepared to catch a few small "stockers" and a few species of bass as well.
Our latest outing was one to remember. As soon as we launched the boat the snow began... the first snow of the year. We started our first run of the day and could see heavy snow starting on the higher peaks around the lake. When you are from the south snow is always a welcome sight. Beyond that we netted 3 nice bass and a 5lb brown trout while it continued to snow. Nothing brings me peace like being on the water. Couldn't have asked for better day. ~Zach Maddox
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DID YOU KNOW?
South Carolina's state tree, the Sabal palmetto, is really a grass. Palm trees, of which more than 2,000 species exist, are grouped botanically with grasses, sedges, bamboo, grains, lilies, onions, and orchids. In fact, as it turns out, a palm tree has more in common genetically with turf grass or corn than it has with an oak tree!
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.
Jocassee Lake Tours Depart from the Main Dock at Devils Fork State Park
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