Virtual Holiday Fest 2021

Once again we couldn’t be together for the Holiday Fest but we can still enjoy Ken’s “Blooms and Bloopers” slideshows from previous years (scroll to the bottom and be glad there were not too many incriminating pictures from the last 2 years). Instead, here are some pictures from the field trips we managed to do this year.  Happy Holidays everyone. Wishing you all a healthy & happy New Year. Hope to see you all then – sometime!

Ken’s “Bloopers” start with the 2013 movie, or you can choose a specific year to watch by clicking on the 1/6 bars at top right.

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Mossing at Jones Farm – October 29, 2021

Perfect day to be looking at moss! One inch of rain yesterday and dry today until we finished the walk. Just the way moss likes it. Thanks Betty for arranging that!

Information about the bryophytes seen today can be found on our website here. Photography by Betty Jones & Penny Longhurst. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

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Bad Creek to the Whitewater River – October 22, 2021

Information about the construction and operation of the Lake Jocassee Pumped Storage Facility can be found here. For a link to the USDA’s Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America, click here.

Photography by Penny Longhurst & Randy Richardson. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

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Holmes Educational State Forest, Upper Loop (Demonstration Trail) – October 15, 2021

Holmes Trail Map

Photography by Penny Longhurst & Joe Standaert. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

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Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – September 22, 2021

Some members visited the unique Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens on a very wet day, guided by Maria Dunlavey, a botanist with the U.S. Forest Service. Penny waited until the skies cleared before going! You can see that in Joe’s pictures the plants all look rather wet! More information on the Serpentine Barrens can be found here. Photography by Daudie & John Colson, Penny Longhurst, & Joe Standaert. Click on any picture to zoom.

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