Givens Estates – April 22, 2019

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Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, David Heavner, Penny Longhurst, & Jim Poling

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Glassy Mountain – April 15, 2019

On the way to the walk we were discussing the origins of Glassy Mountain and Kent researched it when he got home. Here is what he found.

Monadnocks are mostly about what’s there – not how they got there. A monadnock is an isolated hill of bedrock standing conspicuously above the general level of the surrounding area. Monadnocks are left as erosional remnants because of their more resistant rock composition; commonly they consist of quartzite or less jointed massive volcanic rocks.

Plutons are both about what’s there and how they got there – a pluton is a body of intrusive igneous rock (called a plutonic rock) that is crystallized from magma slowly cooling below the surface of the Earth.

The “lunch rock” where we sat today is clearly composed of volcanic rock – granitic gneiss – similar to what is found on Looking Glass Rock.

So, Glassy Mountain qualifies as a massive volcanic rock (aka Pluton) that now exists as an isolated hill of bedrock (aka monadnock) above the SC Piedmont. The distinction between Glassy Mountain and say, Table Rock or Looking Glass Rock, is that the area surrounding Glassy Mountain is relatively level compared to the mountains adjacent to Table Rock and Looking Glass Rock.

Bottom line: Glassy Mountain is a monadnock that is the remnant of a pluton.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, David Heavner, Penny Longhurst, & Jim Poling. Click on any picture to zoom.

 

Read more info on the plants at Glassy in Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve by Patrick D. McMillan

 

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Table Rock State Park; Lower Trail – April 12, 2019

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Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Alice Greko

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Twin Bridges – April 8, 2019

Our timing was perfect. It started pouring with rain as we were making our way back to the cars after lunch up by the train tracks! If you missed it last year, here is the  video about the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 on its last run up the Saluda grade which starts at around 1:00 into the movie. It starts to stall at 3:00 and restarts around 6:30.  That is some dirty smoke! Pictures are below.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Cindy Carpenter, Penny Longhurst, and Kent Wilcox. Click on any picture to enter the slide show.

 

 

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Pearson’s Falls – April 1, 2019

 

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt

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Station Cove – March 29, 2019

Thirty-two members turned out for our first field trip of the year! Click on any picture to enter the slide show.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Alice Greko

 

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Are You Ready to Botanize?!

Are you ready for our field trips? After all this time, do you remember the difference between Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) and Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquifolia)? We can help! This presentation will give a quick review of how our field trips work for new members and prepare you for some of the plants you might encounter during the next few months. If you find any mistakes, send us an email at wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com!

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Holiday Fest – December 14, 2018

We had a great turnout in spite of the wet & snowy weather. Scroll down to see Ken’s Holiday Movie and the “Re-Buttal”!

 

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Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve (Scout) – November 5 & 7, 2018

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Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Penny Longhurst

 

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McCall Cemetery Loop – October 22, 2017

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Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Penny Longhurst

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