Saturday, January 30, 2016

Walk Around the Yard Today

Saturday afternoon 1-30-16. We decided to take a little walk around the yard. Annie was sitting on the overlook rock, high above Whites Creek.
Turns out there were five of them, all immatures.  There's one high above in this shot with the little walk about camera. You can see the two pairs that were sparring. We watched the acrobatics and dueling until they moved off down the gorge.  

A later part of the hike took us by this vernal pool. This is a specatcular spot and a source of life for the terrestrial salamanders on the Plateau.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Roaming the Properties with the Neighbor

Don owns the land next to ours. It is a beautiful and important tract in the scheme of things. He wants it protected from the march of development and has been a good ally in protecting the Whites Creek watershed. We rode up one of the old roads to look for one of Don's corner markers. He thought it was a concrete marker. We bushwhacked around for a half hour and were about to give up. I decided to try one more area and there it was. It wasn;t concrete. It is a cut stone marker with the initials C S carved in it. That stands for Cincinnati Southern Railway. In order to entice railroads into Tennessee they were awarded large land grants and this is one of them. Don's father got the land in about 1945 and Don bought it from his father 30 or so years later. Don is an energetic fellow and gives me hope. He turned 88 this week.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

View From Jump Rock

So I dragged Skip on a little hike to Jump Rock on Piney Creek. He's about 35 feet above the water so forgive him for not standing right on the edge of the rock. This is about 1/2 mile above the confluence with Whites Creek.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015