Friday, June 23, 2017

Ramble Report June 22 2017




Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
The photos in this post, except where noted, came from Don's Facebook album (here's the link).
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt.
Eleven Ramblers met today, five of them new or returning after a first visit.
Today's reading: No reading today.
Today's route: Through the International Garden to the Purple Trail, then down the Purple Trail to the river befpre returning to the Visitor's Center.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ramble Report June 15 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
The photos in this post, except where noted, came from Don's Facebook album (here's the link).
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt.
Twenty six Ramblers met today.
Announcements:
Friday, June 23, 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Local Poets Bob Ambrose, Jr. and Eugene Bianchi at Avid Bookstore, 493 Prince Avenue. Click here for more information.

Today's reading: The entry for June Fourteenth from Donald Culross Peattie's An Almanac for Modernsm 1980 edition

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ramble Report June 8 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
The photos in this post, except where noted, came from Don's Facebook album (here's the link).
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt.



25 Ramblers today

Today's reading:  Don read from an article about the Japanese practice of “tree bathing.”

Today's Route:   Through the Shade Garden to the White Trail and across the road to the power line RoW, then turning south, down the RoW, crossing the road and going a short way before running out of time and heading back to the Visitor Center and Cafe Botanica for refreshments and conversation.  

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ramble Report June 1 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Linda Chafin.
Since Don was unable to attend today's ramble the photos that appear today were taken by Ramble volunteers: Ted (tl) and Catherine (cc).
Today's post was written by Linda Chafin with minor additions by Dale Hoyt.
Fifteen ramblers, a smaller than usual group, perhaps due to the elevated heat and humidity that is settling in for the summer, met today,
Announcement:
Rambles will meet at 8:30 AM during June, July and August, no matter what other sources of information (website, Flagpole, ABH or Garden newsletter) tell you. Rambles should end at approximately 10 AM.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramble Report May 25 2017


Today's Ramble was led by Melissa Ray.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Don Hunter.
Twenty five Ramblers met today.
Announcement:
Beginning next week Rambles meet at 8:30 AM (to avoid the summer heat). Rambles should end at approximately 10 AM.

Today's reading: Bob Ambrose, our poet laureate, read an original composition inspired by the evolution of plant life on earth. You can read it in the Rambler email with the link to this blog post.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ramble Report May 18 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Don Hunter, Linda Chafin and Dale Hoyt.
Twentyseven Ramblers met today.
Announcements:
Saturday, May 20, at 12:00 to 2:00 PM:
Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History
GMNH Annex, 4435 Atlanta Highway, Athens 
Light snacks and adult beverages are free!
You and your friends can tour the Museum Annex, our equivalent of the Smithsonion's "attic."
All Ramblers are invited!
Directions: Take Atlanta Highway going west; turn left at Jimmie Daniels rd. (just past Sam's Club). Sam's Club will be on your left and the Museum Annex is the warehouse on the right. Turn right and park in the lot. Go around the building to the loading dock and enter.

Next week's Ramble will concentrate on medicinal plants. It will be lead by Melissa Ray, an Odum School graduate student.
No Reading today.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ramble Report May 11 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Linda Chafin.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Linda Chafin and Don Hunter.
Twenty Ramblers met today.
Announcements:
Saturday, May 13, at 10:00AM:
Natural History of the Scull Shoals Historic Site and the Durham Herb Walk – Geology, Hydrology and Plant Life
A walk guided by our own Don Hunter. You can learn more about the historical significance of Scull Shoals at the Friends of Scull Shoals website. Directions: From Athens drive south to Watkinsville; take GA15 south out of Watkinsville for about 19 miles to Macedonia Rd. Turn left on Macedonia Rd. and travel approximately 2.4 miles to Forest Service Rd 1234 (gravel road) on the left. Turn left onto a gravel road and travel approximately 2 miles to Scull Shoals Historic Site.
Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30PM: Greenway Expansion Celebration
A free Ice Cream social to celebrate the expansion of the ACC Greenway. Click here for more information.
Saturday, May 20, 12-2 PM: Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, GMNH Annex, 4435 Atlanta Highway, Athens 
Ramblers and friends are welcome!
Free refreshments, music and opportunity to see the research collections!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ramble Report May 4 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt.
Seventeen Ramblers met today.
Announcements:
Saturday, May 13, at 10:00AM:
Natural History of the Scull Shoals Historic Site and the Durham Herb Walk – Geology, Hydrology and Plant Life
A walk guided by our own Don Hunter. You can learn more about the historical significance of Scull Shoals at the Friends of Scull Shoals website. Directions: From Athens drive south to Watkinsville; take GA15 south out of Watkinsville for about 19 miles to Macedonia Rd. Turn left on Macedonia Rd. and travel approximately 2.4 miles to Forest Service Rd 1234 (gravel road) on the left. Turn left onto a gravel road and travel approximately 2 miles to Scull Shoals Historic Site.

Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30PM:
Greenway Expansion Celebration
A free Ice Cream social to celebrate the expansion of the ACC Greenway. Click here for more information.

Today's readings were contributed by Elisabeth and Marguerite. You can read them in the Rambler email with the link to this blog post.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ramble Report April 27 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Linda Chafin.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Don Hunter and Dale Hoyt.
Seventeen Ramblers met today.
Announcements:
Gary Crider will present a program on control/eradication of invasive plants next Thursday, May 4, at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society meeting.
Today's reading was read by Linda Chafin, an excerpt from an essay titled The Death of a Tree from the book Dune Boy: The Early Years of a Naturalist, by Edwin Way Teale. You can find the text in the email with the link to today's post. Teale was a popular mid-twentieth century nature writer. His most well known books were devoted to the North American seasons: North with the Spring, Journey into Summer, Autumn across America and Wandering through Winter. These all became Book-of-the-Month club selections and the winter book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966.
Today's route: We went down the cement walkway to the Dunson Native Flora Garden and wandered our way through the DNFG until it was time to return.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ramble Report April 20 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos but one in this post are compliments of Don. The other photo is compliments of Emily.)
Today's post was written by Don, Linda and Dale.

Nineteen Ramblers met today.
Announcement:
Don will be doing a lunchtime presentation of the wildflowers, natural arches, and waterfalls he photographed during a recent photography safari to the region around Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. It will be in the Adult Classroom in the Visitor Center immediately following the Ramble and social hour next Thursday, April 27. Bring or purchase a lunch.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ramble Report April 13 2017




Today's Ramble was led by Linda Chafin.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. Don also has posted a sequence of photos showing the aggressive encounter between two Carolina anoles; description later in this post. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Don Hunter and Linda Chafin with a few additions by Dale Hoyt.

Twenty-two Ramblers met today.

Announcements:

Emily announced that the cancelled April 5th walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 3.  Mike Wharton will lead the walk through the managed forest project areas recently cleared and planted.

There are still a few openings for the Rock and Shoals walk this Saturday.  Meet at the Shade Garden arbor to car pool over to the trail head. An excellent survey of the geology, history and flora of Georgia's granite outcrops is available at this link.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ramble Report March 30 2017



Today's Ramble was led by Dale Hoyt.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album from today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt.
Twenty-nine Ramblers today.

Red-bellied snake
In lieu of a reading this morning we passed around a small Red-bellied snake, brought in by Jeff. He found the snake in

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ramble Report March 23 2017



Today's Ramble was lead by Linda Chafin.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Dale Hoyt and Don Hunter.

Twenty Ramblers met today.

Today's reading: Linda read Weather by Faith Shearin. You can find it here. Linda also thought that Ramblers would find this piece about the benefits of walking in nature of interest.

Announcements: Guided walk at Sandy Creek Nature Center 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 5.  Mike Wharton will be leading a walk through the areas recently cleared and planted as part of the managed forest project at the center. (You can always check our Announcements page for the latest information about upcoming events.)
Today's route: On the other side of the parking area to examine a Red Buckeye, the down the mulched path to the Dunson Native Flora Garden. Then through the garden at our usual "speed of botany."
Frost damaged leaves and male cones of Ginkgo

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ramble Report March 9 2017



Today's Ramble was lead by Dale Hoyt.
Here's the link to Don's Facebook album for today's Ramble. (All the photos in this post are compliments of Don.)
Today's post was written by Don Hunter and Linda Chafin.

30 Ramblers today

Announcement: The Athens Historical Society will conduct a Ramble in the Ruins around the old Athens Brick Company site at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. Details can be found here.

Today's route:  Leaving the Shade Garden arbor we made our way along the back of the conservatory and through the Heritage Garden on the way to the path down to the Orange Trail spur from the Flower Gardens down to the Orange Trail and it's creek.

American South Renovation Garden:
Georgia Rockcress
Georgia Rockcress (Arabis georgiana) was recently listed

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ramble Report March 2 2017



Today's report was jointly written by Don Hunter and Linda Chafin with additions by Dale Hoyt. Don's album of photos from today's ramble can be found here.

33 Ramblers today.

Today's readings: Bob Ambrose recited one of his new creations: Reverie - Afternoon in the Botanical Garden and Marguerite read Howard Nemerov's Trees.
Today's route: We began with an observation of the Ginkgo trees at the Shade Garden arbor then walked down the Shade Garden walkway to the Dunson Native Flora Garden. We walked through the Dunson Garden to the head of the wetlands display and returned the same way back to the Shade Garden arbor, and, for many, on to the Visitor Center to the Cafe Botanica for socializing over food and drink.
Gingko short shoots and pollen cones
Ginkgo trees at the Shade Garden Arbor.