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Wildlife Wednesday–Find The Gro...

Wildlife Wednesday–Find The Grouse

Grouse are remarkable at camouflage. This NC spring they are quite plentiful if you know where to look. I have a friend who works for the Forestry service who says he has seen at least 20 this spring. My Dear Husband was out and about this week around Lake Glenville and found a grouse waiting […]

The Barns of Cullowhee Mountain

The Barns of Cullowhee Mountain

Although the Glenville and Cashiers, NC areas are a tourist destination, some local residents still farm and raise cattle. Today I photographed some of the barns (mostly abandoned) on Cullowhee Mountain Road. This road goes from Lake Glenville down to Speedwell and Cullowhee, home of Western Carolina University. NC barn architecture is quite varied. Some […]

Wildlife Wednesday–River Otter

Wildlife Wednesday–River Otter

River otters are elusive creatures, but they do live at Lake Glenville. I took a short walk to the dam in 8 inches of snow, quite difficult without snowshoes! After admiring the snow covered hills and mountains as well as the lake shore I started trudging back home through the snow. I decided to walk […]

Is It Spring?

Is It Spring?

Spring must be just around the corner. Today I saw robins foraging and daffodils peaking up out the ground. I took a stroll in the Kara Leigh Pulley Park, Village Green, in Cashiers. The boardwalk through the marsh was still silent, waiting for the frogs and insects of spring. I turned the corner into the […]

Wildlife Wednesday–Canada geese

Wildlife Wednesday–Canada geese

My goal for the next few days or weeks is to find and photograph the various kinds of waterfowl that inhabit Lake Glenville or the surrounding small ponds. Yesterday I saw Mallards and Redheads, photos coming soon. Today I took a walk along the lake because I could see two Canada Geese standing near the […]

New fishing pier coming

New fishing pier coming

Lake Glenville, NC, has a new fishing pier coming! It is wonderful to see. There is total wheelchair access from paved parking spot to end of pier. There is also a low shelf for fishing over. This pier is in the same parking area as the first Pine Creek Road boat ramp just before the Lake Glenville dam. […]

Icicles

Icicles

  After taking the short yet strenuous (to me) hike with my daughter to High Falls, I made a much shorter stroll to the lake looking for icicles to photograph. I was afraid I waited too long since the weather had warmed up to low 40’s after highs in the twenties all week. But I found […]

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

We don’t see many bald eagles in this area, but today I spotted one high in a tree overlooking the Tuckasegee River. I am planning to take some time soon and investigate further. I believe he is staying in the area, not just passing thru. I’ll let you know soon.

Winter goldfinch

Winter Goldfinch by Lake Glenville, NC

I had this lovely little bird at my feeder all week. He and his family especially like the sunflower seeds. I thought he might be a warbler, but, after some research, I found the most amazing fact! Here is the gist of it. The bright yellow American Goldfinch we all recognize in the summer does […]

First Snow

First Snow

  Well, we had our first snow of 2014, a little less than an inch. Woke up to a white world, unexpectedly, but the birds and squirrel still thought they should have breakfast! The sunflower seed feeder was out, so the titmouse and pine siskins were quite insistent that they get fed. I especially enjoy watching […]