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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!
Misty morning fog evaporates into crisp daylight. A good day for a walk. Dog and I veer off-trail, down-slope, and find a rivulet to follow. On either side the land rises sharply but at the bottom, rivulet becomes braided stream, with sections disappearing, reappearing, disappearing again into a wide flat section of boggy bottom land. The air smells deeply sweet. Bright green moss carpets rocks, stumps, and fallen trees. A piece of trash emerges here and there, sad testimony to an old neighborhood tradition of dumping refuse into any available gully. This is black bear habitat; I rarely venture to this place in summer months, but on this fine winter day it is paradise, discovered. ~K
Waiting on the sun. That’s what I’ve doing this rainy and cold week. I try to remember that winter is the recharge time for the entire Savannah River watershed and therefore accept all this rain and cold with a sense of grace born of understanding, but I can only take it for so long. Lots of my neighbors have headed south for Florida, and I don’t blame them a bit. There’s fewer snakes and alligators there this time of year, for one thing. But the sun is out this fine Saturday, as it is predicted to be tomorrow, so I reckon I’ll stay a while longer. After all, the loons think this is far enough south. I think I’ll take a long walk with Mica, who simply does not take no for an answer, and a row towards the end of the day, maybe finding a nice raft of loons to join. That sounds like a fine way to spend the day, doesn’t it, on this battered yet beautiful earth. ~B
Nearly 1/3 of a snail’s daily energy goes into mucus production, which is filled with antioxidants and regenerative properties.
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.