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View from east side of Moss Mountain just NE of Parthenon:

 

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It starts today. It’s been a nice summer here the mountains in 2013. Hot in June, Wet in July, Wet and cool in August, A dry but near average September. We did get over and inch of rain on Friday and had cool and pleasant temperatures yesterday (47F — 74F) and trend will continue for a few more days. I did a lot of needed yard work and general outside chores yesterday and with a dew point of 34 it was comfortable all day long. Never saw even one cloud. I am feeling the pain today in my legs and arms.

When my friend gets here we are going on a hike. Not sure where yet; maybe a section of the BRT ? I have the netting face masks out and ready for the gnats and no-see-ums which can ruin a nice hike in September. Saw another Scissor-tail Flycatcher yesterday; this time in an open field. Lots of quail and doves in every old field.  I got one shot a 100 yards  but did capture him; they are majestic and patient:

 

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View East from Base of Round Mountain

View East from Base of Round Mountain

Just a photo of the sun Rising:

 

 

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I drove south today, at dawn, on Parker Ridge Road (nothing but forest, hills, and ravines the whole way). Beautiful. I was sure i’d see another bear, but did not. Saw two Cinnamon Black Bears together, out of Limestone yesterday. This is a must do side trip for anyone. Coming off of Parker Ridge is beautiful as it drops through the switchbacks to the Piney Creek; I’d say 2 miles of sharp switchbacks; finally down; you make the last drop to the Piney Creek. Did see 2 roadrunners today. Thats is 6 roadrunners this week. I came back on back on the river roads to Pelsor, Included a crossing of the river (no bridge) at it’s junction with Hurricane Creek, then back up Highway 7 to home. What a cool, sunny, but pleasant morning out. Notice, some species of trees are starting to turn yellow along the rivers and the Goldenrod is just now coming into blossom.

 

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switchbacks on Parker Ridge Road

switchbacks on Parker Ridge Road

 

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This morning was foggy and cool again (57 degrees) and the serenity of the Buffalo River was indescribable:

 

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I\ve been sleeping the the A/C OFF and the Windows open for morn than a week now. It feels so good to listen to the QUIET.  Just a few coyotes yipping at the moon last night, a Great Horned Owl after midnight, several Barred Owls at 4 AM, and a Screech Owl returns and proclaims his territory at dawn at 5:40 AM. Even the insects seemed quieter. The birds have almost quit singing at first light. The 50 degree air and fog make it hard to get out of bed and get going. As soon as I drive out of the valley and up 1000′, I break into the sunshine and can view the fog below.

 

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Lots of pastel pinks and tangerines looking Eastward. So far this August we have received almost 9 inches of rain (compared to 1.09) for all August last year. The rivers are running full and the river valleys in the mornings are full of fog just like two years ago:

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