Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cardboard Castles

Hannah Lee sent this report on the cardboard castle competition at Honey La.

























Cold rhododendron leaves tinkling as they warm up in the sun

Paige Davis called this morning to tell us about this auditory wonder. Oh! The world!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year's Day















From AMS, 7:30 AM.















On the Parkway, 4:30 PM.















Near Clingman's Peak, 5:30 PM.
















Leaving Clingman's Peak, 5:45 PM.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Avanto in the Toe




















Tim Peterson and George Brasington organized a New Year's Day dip in the South Toe at Carolina Hemlocks as a part of their monthly 'avanto' (Finnish for 'hole in the ice') Cabin Fever offering.  Above, fueled by equal parts terror and elation, Tim scampers ashore after his plunge; below, all who braved the icy waters warming up around the fire. Thanks to Whitney for the pictures!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Rummage Room(s)












From our intrepid correspondent, Ben McCann: "Happy new year from Leverett MA, home of the best county-run rummage room at the transfer station. Each shed is a different category. Takes a dedicated crew to peruse in zero degree weather."

Friday, December 22, 2017

Icicle






















Tammy holding an icicle she got out of a drainpipe.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Crabtree Falls Illuminated by December Supermoon


Randy and Nancy led a hike up to Crabtree Falls on the night of the Supermoon.  This photograph is a reasonable approximation of how it looked to me.

[Since the color receptors (cones) in our eyes don't function in low light, we must use our rods only, and these more sensitive receptors have a much lower spatial acuity and don't register color.]