EARTH DAY NOTES

Spring came early this year, then it left. The flowers on the puncatum rhododendrons were starting to bloom weeks ago, just to be knocked back by a hard frost. But spring is back now, on this 47 th celebration of Home. The rhododendron minus is exploding, filled with flowers and swollen buds. Mountain laurel is blooming all along the roadside and on the lake shore. Yellow buckeye is flowering in the forest understory, with black locust flowering overhead. And the rains! Oh, the wonderful rains of spring. The waterfalls are engorged, and everywhere along the shore water is flushing into the lake. The problem with spring is it is hard to get anywhere. Every cove along the lake shore is filled with flowering plants, every backwater filled with the sounds of migratory songbirds.  Eagles overhead, loons still most everywhere, new flowering plants to watch for most every time we go onto the lake. There is nothing quite like spring on Lake Jocassee.
 
BLOOM REPORT. Blooming now: short-leaf rhododendrons, mountain laurel, black locust, sassafras, tulip poplar, dog hobble, faded trillium, violets, doll's eye, Jack-in-the-pulpit, foam flower, branch lettuce, and crossvine.
 
EAGLE REPORT. No chick in sight yet, but surely it must be time!
 
LOON REPORT. Just as I think the spring migration is done, a new batch of loons arrive. This week’s daily afternoon thunderstorms seem to be bringing them down early in the day.
 
SWIMMER’S REPORT. It’s Earth Day today, with the prediction of temperatures in the mid-80’s. Need I say more.~B

 

 
 

Take a look at

This Week on Lake Jocassee

This Week: April 24 , 2017

EARTH DAY NOTES  Spring came early this year, then it left. The flowers on the puncatum rhododendrons ...

This Week: April 17 , 2017

PERFECT WEATHER   Some days it’s steady snow, without a breath of air, under a slate steel sky. ...

Mostly Cloudy

69°F

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

 Love Jocassee? Help protect
and preserve the beauty of Lake
  Jocassee and the Jocassee
   Gorges by joining FOJ!

 

 

 
 

  Your Portal to Paradise

 

Mountain Lakes Convention
    and Visitors Bureau
 
 
 

Home Away From Home!

 

 

CONTACT US: info@jocasseelaketours.com

Phone: 864-280-5501

We depart from the main boat dock at Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem SC, 28676