Some days it’s steady snow, without a breath of air, under a slate steel sky. On other days, it’s the ozone-filled air that follows a pounding summer thunderstorm, and the clouds that seem to float just above the surface of the lake. On still other days, it’s the first cool breezes of early fall across my face, after a sweltering August. And then there is this week’s weather. Breezy with winds from the south, sunny, dry air, with temperatures in the mid-seventies. This has been a week of perfect weather, by most anyone’s definition. And there is something about the color of the water under these conditions. Maybe it’s the altitude of the sun in mid-April. Maybe it’s all the fresh mountain water that has joined the lake from the two rains of late. And maybe, just maybe the golden pollen that slowly sinks into the water column has some effect. On a sunny day, at about mid-afternoon, the color of the lake is at its most beautiful this time of year. It will take your breath away.

EAGLE REPORT. All in the same Be Here Now moment, there was an eagle on the nest. There was another eagle watching over the one on the nest. There was yet another one watching over the old nest, and then one juvenile eagle gliding in to create a few moments of general havoc. You had to be there.

LOON REPORT. They’re still coming and going most every day, in groups of 10 or 15, and all alone as well. I wonder about the solitary loons. Why do they stay to themselves? Why do they travel alone when most of their kind seem to prefer to migrate in small groups? Migratory loons are wildly hungry when they get here, and a thrill to watch as they go after their prey with such ferocity. If Oconee Bells are America’s most interesting plant, Kay’s stated opinion, surely loons are America’s most enigmatic bird. There are always more questions than answers.
BLOOM REPORT In full bloom: Dogwood, Fraser magnolia, horsesugar, foam flower, branch lettuce, Solomon seal, doghobble, pink azalea, flame azalea. Just beginning to bloom: Mountain laurel, short-leaf rhododendron, black locust.
SWIMMER’S REPORT. Almost. With lake temperatures just about 60 degrees, you can get in, but I defy you to stay in more than a minute or two. On the other hand, I have seen some tourists joyfully swimming most every day this week. Canadians, I would imagine.~B


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Salem, SC

Mostly Cloudy

Humidity: 83%

Wind: 4 mph

  • 30 Apr 2017

    Thunderstorms 81°F 65°F

  • 01 May 2017

    Scattered Thunderstorms 69°F 59°F

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