Goldfinch in the Butterfly Garden

I am not much of a gardener. This is evidenced by my total harvest of two tomatoes and one gourd last year. This is my claim to fame is going to be my stunted watermelons and Indian Corn. I how must have a penchant for growing weeds, because my butterfly garden is absolutely my most productive garden project to date. It is being visited by pollinators..bees, small flying insects, and an occasional butterfly. Yesterday, an American Goldfinch in full breeding plumageDSCN2623 sat among the Cosmos “Sensations” and picked away and the head and petals. The picture is a little fuzzy as I took the picture through the sunroom window.

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What A Week in the Field

It has been quite the week.

Wednesday, June 13, 2017, was a real big “finding” day. In the morning I found one of the Calhoun Rocks painted rocks, and two Munzees. I took a Letterboxing trip to the cemeteries in Cassville and Kingston. The find of the day was a structure on Hall Station Road about a mile and a half from Kingston The structure or ruins appear to be the only extant structure of the Williams Cement Company double kiln…a pre- Civil War business venture in north Georgia. Apparently there is a rock formation that can be mined for an ore from which cement is produced.

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Williams Cement Kiln, Bartow County, Georgia

I also found Geocaches along this trip.

On June 15, 2017 We went to the top of Horn Mountain ..opposite John’s Mountain ..to find a Geocache GC6DA6 – A Surprise on Horn Mountain. That was quite the adventure. We were took Forest Road 231 to the top of the ridge where the old road bed crosses the ridge.  We would have never taken this trip in the past. BUT with our little orange jeep we are fearless!

The top is lined with a narrow strip of large and medium boulders. There is a geology lesson there. There is also a botany lesson to he developed.

When I got to the cache the ridge top was enveloped in a cloud…this was kind of surreal.

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Horn Mountain, Walker County, Georgia

 

June 18, 2017 – Father’s Day Trip to Point Park in Chattanooga. We did a six mile hike that absolutely killed me. Saw a lot of interesting thing today.

Calhoun Georgia Rock’s

I have joined the ranks of Facebook followers hunting for painted rocks around town.  It seems it is another summer craze much like Pokemon was last summer. I have hunter Geocaches Letterboxes, and Munzees at one time or another, so it is kinda natural for me to join in. Here are my first three finds:

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Howard Hill’s Grave

 

Howard Hill’s grave is located in the New Ashville Cemetery in St.Clair County, Alabama. If you look closely you will see bows and arrows carved into the headstone and arrows stuck into the grave! This is a tribute to one of the greatest archers of modern times. Hill was born in 1899 in Wilsonville, Alabama. He was a star athlete in high school and he played several sports at Auburn. His skills with the longbow landed him trick/stunt shooting gigs in the movies of the time. He played in several Errol Flynn movies and was said to be a good friend of Flynn.  He was equally famous for his hunting feats. He died in 1975.  Check out the link below:

Howard Hill Archery

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For those Geocachers out there GC10P84 Real Life Robin Hood is located behind the trees in the background.