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Outdoors

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The wind in the pines

        Surely sometime or other you have heard the quiet sound of the wind blowing through a pine tree, and paused to listen. To me, the soft sighing evokes peacefulness and a little sadness. The Japanese even have a special word for it: matzukaze (wind in the pines), which expresses a feeling of exquisite solitude and melancholy. The phrase “wind in the pines” is often found in poetry and songs, so there is something about it that touches the human soul.  

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Why leaves fall

        This time of year you usually see news articles explaining why leaves change color and how good the fall colors will be. I’ve certainly written plenty of them myself, but never covered the subject of why tree leaves fall off in the first place. So here goes…

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Elderberry

        Elderberry is a fairly common plant that likes to grow on moist sites with rich soil. It was once held in high esteem by both European settlers and Native American tribes for its medicinal and food value. It is also a highly prized food for several wildlife species.  

  • Missy Kane motivates ‘Every Body’ at Frozen Head

        Former Olympian, fitness expert and television personality Missy Kane led participants of  the Morgan County “Every Body Walk” program through trails at Frozen Head State Park last week.
        The county-wide eight-week program is sponsored by the Food and Nutrition department of the Morgan County Schools, which nearing its half-way mark.
        Anyone wishing to join the program can call MCS Food and Nutrition Director Peggy Hamby at 423-346-6214, ext. 229.

     

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Blue skies

        September often provides some brilliant blue skies as the seasons change. As an amateur naturalist, the basic question of why the sky is blue came to me, which required some research to figure out. I thought I would share, so prepare yourself for a short physics lesson.

  • Outdoor Tip
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    A deer’s social calendar

        Socially, male and female white-tailed deer are not leading separate lives except for a brief mating period in the fall. For the rest of the year, bucks tend to hang in small groups amongst themselves, and does hang out with other females, along with their yearlings and fawns.

  • Outdoor Tip
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The eastern chipmunk

        The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a member of the squirrel family and very common in our area. They are the little reddish brown ground squirrels you see scurrying about in the woods. The average chipmunk is only five to six inches long, half of which is tail. When they run, note that their tail is held straight up.  

  • Morgan County Forestry Association to hold education program tomorrow

        The Morgan County Forestry Association will hold an educational program on Thursday evening, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. The program will be held at the UT Cumberland Forestry Station, located at 515 Cassell Road in the Joyner Community.  
        A barbeque dinner will be provided by association members starting at 5 p.m. with the educational program to follow. Attendees are welcome to bring a dish or dessert to share if they desire.