Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sat.&Sun May 11&12, 2014 Mother's Day Rosser Lamb Cabin


Mother's Day

Rosser Lamb Cabin

Turkey Nest In The Woods

Wild Turkey nest and eggs near Rosser Lamb Cabin
Using a 20X telephoto allowed this shot while staying 40 feet away.
FAQ page about Wild Turkey State of Pennsylvania:

Rosser Lamb Cabin
This PATC cabin allows one to live like an Appalachian family one hundred years ago and before the SNP.   A link to some history: http://www.pecva.org/index.php/maps-and-resources/publications/piedmont-view/164-summer-2012-piedmont-view/697-hike-revisits-life-in-the-mountains

Please check out this intro video for the Piedmont Environmental Council:




Lamb Family Cemetary

Showy Orchis

Wikipedia link:

 John's Rest Cabin

Darwin and Squaw Root
Darwin is one of the famous scientist finger puppets traveling with science professors and lab staff from Louise's educational institution this summer.   They take pictures of them during their travels and before the Fall semester begins they make a big display of  traveling finger puppet pictures. 

Louise snapping Darwin's picture as he lectures her on the origin of species.

Darwin and Showy Orchis

Darwin and a Pileated Woodpecker Hole

Me Robert Look(Bob) and Darwin

Rosser Lamb House1913-today

A link to a photo-diary of another groups trip to the Rosser Lamb farm house:
Entry Run There Is A Nice Cascade/Falls Between John's Rest Cabin and the Rosser Lamb Farmhouse.


Louise Casey Louise Casey Robert Look Louise Casey

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Appalachian Ephemerals

Appalachian Ephemerals
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Four Weeks, One Of The Shortest Growing Seasons On The Planet

  Louise (the fantastubularidicool, Mom, sister, daughter, in-law, neighbor, Houstonian, New Yorker, Mossrocker, Girl Scout, retired Wyoming shepherd, better half, friend, plant biologist, naturalist, plant person, Mesozoic Garden creator, College Adjunct, professional Lab Manger, ......) with me at Assateague summer 2013.
A reminder that summer time beach weather is just around the corner.
Another Old Rag Sunset

Birds Foot Violets

Auricularia auricula-judae   Jew's Ear, Wood Ear, Jelly Ear 


Serviceberry Bush


"Stunning spring wildflowers.
Because the temperate forest’s dense leaf canopy shades the forest floor all summer long, there are only four weeks in spring during which sturdy spring wildflowers can burst out of the ground, flower, and refill their energy reserves before the trees block life-giving sunlight. By June these highly ephemeral flowers have gone to seed and dormancy. They will wait another year for their place in the sun, having one of the shortest growing seasons on the planet. The unified timing of this mass flowering is one of nature’s most beautiful forest spectacles, and no other forest type can quite rival it. This is quite different from tropical rainforests, where the blooming seasons of flowers are scattered throughout the entire year. "

The above is taken from the Arc Of Appalachia website found at:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Appalachian Forest Salamanders

The Hidden Jewels of Appalachia

by Joe Milmoe

Below is a short film created by Joe Milmoe, The Hidden Jewels of Appalachia that does a good job of introducing you to the great diversity of salamanders found in the Appalachian Mountains.

One of Shenandoah National Park's star salamanders is the Red-Spotted Newt.


species photo

 Newts are unique in that they have three distinct lifestyles.    They start as tadpoles in freshwater pools, change into a terrestrial stage (Red efts) pictured above.   This is the stage they are most recognized for. Their bright coloration warns predators that their skin contains a powerful neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin.   Red-Spotted Newts live three years on land but up to fifteen years total.   Their last stage is another adult aquatic stage during which they are a dull green and breed the next generation.   Credit for above information goes to Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park by Ann and Rob Simpson:


The film follows:

"Very high aquatic diversity. America’s eastern forest’s aquatic diversity is the highest in all of the temperate world. Our native forest shelters half of the world’s crayfish species, nearly 10% of its turtles, nearly 40% of its salamanders, and almost 30% of its fresh-water mussels. One watershed in Tennessee has more fish species than all of Europe. The eastern United States has nearly 350 species of fresh-water mussels compared to only ten found in Europe, and only a handful of species in western United States."  
Extracted From the Arc Of Appalachia's website located at:     


Friday, May 2, 2014

SNP 2014 LNT Master Educator Course

Pinnacles Research Station Sat. & Sun

Experiential  Learning What 200 Feet Is

Discussing The Route And Practicing Map Reading Skills

40 Acres

When asked about what the worst LNT transgression I had incurred was, I mentioned the fact that I had once started a 40 acre brush fire.    That got me a course handle of 40 Acres.    I liked the handle.  It produced a strong sense of acceptance, goodwill, and fellowship.  When it was used I found it made me laugh.   Somehow it provided a profound sense of comfort in the fellowship of sharing the humility of my own human imperfection.  

In addition, 40 Acres reminded me of the name of a song that has always resonated with me. 



Leaving An Appalachian Trail Viewpoint

Outdoor Educators
East/West OB/NOLS

One Of Our Hosts
He had just gotten back from his Big Bend NP rock climbing certification.

Luck Was With Us And We Were Challenged By Record Rains

 "Life Under The Tarp"

Gnarly Bear Bag Moves

Once again....not too many miles from Walton's Mountain
where heard echoing in the Appalachian mountains. 
Ours were tent-to-tent.

SNP Hazel-Country Hiker's Wayside With A View

The Wayside's View/Entertainment

Owl Puppet Used In Student Class Designed For Children Of All Ages

Instructor And Student Pondering Imponderables
How many raindrops in a torrent?  Do we really need gravity?
Socrates would approve.

Mound Fire Activity


Can you spot the Master Educator?  (trick question)