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Bazinga

October 12, 2019, 07:24:47 AM
YAY!! Cooler Weather has Finally Arrived!!!  ;D

ShifuCareaga

January 02, 2019, 11:28:09 AM
tick warning. My kids picked up ticks WAYY out of season at BSF and Marrowbone, so check yourselves...

ShifuCareaga

August 30, 2018, 11:32:44 AM
Went on a site survey; got destroyed by chiggers n ticks more than I ever have on any single hike. Land owners were clear cutters. Awful.
 

Bazinga

May 18, 2018, 09:08:29 PM
This old lady is officially on Vacation!!  Rented a cabin in BSF next week. :)

ShifuCareaga

April 29, 2018, 12:03:39 PM
The red was looking great yesterday. Wish I had time to go to Muir today.

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 on: Today at 11:01:39 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by RCKT_RCCN
shaman thanks again for your hard work and input. Beautiful photo! You've got quite the nice place there.


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 on: Today at 09:16:04 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by shaman
We had about 1/2" of rain last night and woke up to a bright, clear morning as the cloud bank was moving eastward over the Cumberland Plateau.
I took this pic on our morning dog walk along the driveway up to the road and back. Obviously the morning sun gives a lot of the leaves (which are still green) a golden color.
In the foreground are the leaves of an Elkhorn Sumac (red) and a Tulip Tree (green) and across the pond, the rust colored trees are Dogwoods. The rest are a mix of Tulip Trees, Maples, Ash and Cedars.
I just thought I'd post this as an up to date Fall Foliage Report. I will be heading to the Gorge on Sunday morning. I'll try to get some more pics then.



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 on: Yesterday at 09:35:23 PM 
Started by Doogal513 - Last post by Doogal513
I am heading down bright and early Friday morning. Meeting up with a life long friend and his pup for 1 night of backcountry camping on a loop I will be working out tonight/tomorrow. The family will be joining me on Saturday for some car camping most likely. I do believe the fire ban has been lifted so that opens up our options a lot. I missed my spring trip this year, really looking forward to it.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:03:14 PM 
Started by Doogal513 - Last post by shaman
Hello! Making some changes in my late Oct. trip. With the fire ban in place and not a whole lot of rain in sight, I think the fam might get mad if we can't have a fire so KR is looking like our only option. I know it fills up fast on the weekends. I'm guess a lot faster now with the fire ban. Having never camped there, how early should I get there to try and secure a spot for us on Friday? I'm thinking about coming down Thursday night and car camping and getting there first thing friday and having the fam come down after the kids get out of school. Thoughts?

Hey man!
Did you and the crew get out over the weekend? Hope y'all did.
Let us know how it went and what the crowd was like at Koomer.
PEACE,

~ Sha

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 on: Yesterday at 03:22:35 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by shaman
shaman your analysis is fascinating.

I'm also wondering what correlation (if any) the delay in color change and leaf drop has with predicting the winter weather.

Thank you! I try to put into words things I've learned over the years... and I often wonder if I make any sense to anyone but myself. I sometimes feel like an old mad-man just muttering, mumbling, complaining, blurting out nonsense and in the process, scaring people off. Oh well, I'll be 68 years old next month and, like many old people, I just don't care what anyone thinks. Lol!

You mention a possible correlation, whether color delay or leaf drop might have in predicting winter weather? You know, all the Farmer's Almanacs, old wives' tales, woolly worm colors, etc. "predictions" I've heard over the years have, more often than not, been somewhat delusional when you've lived out in the country and get outside every single day of the year. Sometimes predictions appear to be true, but statistically, they don't pan out over time. I always thought it would be awesome to pass on first-hand knowledge of that type of phenomena, but as I get older and look back on all the cumulative seasons I've witnessed, I've come to the conclusion that it is all pretty much random. I think the plants and animals react the way they do, pre-season, from their immediate environment, water access, nutrition, stressors and such, and everything/everyone is pretty much blindsided or conversely, pleasantly surprised by the weather. Obviously there are larger trends at work, El Nino, La Nina, climate change, air and light pollution, but I'm still not seeing much in the way of actual predicting of weather by local leaf drop and color. I wish we could, though. Maybe I'm just not paying attention as much as I should?

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 on: Yesterday at 02:09:05 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by RCKT_RCCN
shaman your analysis is fascinating. I suppose I don't know much about trees (wish I knew more). I did know that the peak for the gorge is end of October / first of November, so I planned a camping trip for that first weekend. It will be interesting to see if any color comes on by then or if these cold fronts manage to blow off a lot of leaves. Some of the long range forecasts are showing some wintry precip by that weekend.

I'm also wondering what correlation (if any) the delay in color change and leaf drop has with predicting the winter weather.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:00:12 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by shaman
I haven't been to the Gorge in 2 weeks, but I live 18 miles to the west, right on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. We have less of the mixed mesophytic forest here, it is a transitional area between the Knobs and the actual plateau. Many of the same trees, but with a more neutral soil pH.

We've had the same amount of rainfall as the Gorge, more or less. In my 44 years living here I haven't seen things this green so late into October. Usually around Oct. 28th-Nov. 5th is the peak Fall color week in the Gorge... but not this year.
I think the 6 week drought has thrown the photosynthesis cycle off. The trees suffered a lot during this period. Normal Fall rains will send the remaining sugars down to the roots, and as photosynthesis slows considerably, the green pigments fade and the yellows, reds, oranges stand out.

Sugars indirectly raise the levels of all the pigments in the leaves. That crucial period of transition was probably disrupted by the drought. The recent sporadic rains may have put the trees into a "survival state" and in order to finish producing mast, for future generations and forage for wildlife, they are utilizing this final bit of moisture to do so.
I see this in some of the wildflowers as well. Some are re-blooming since the rains, so they can continue to form seeds. Better late than never.

I'm curious to see whether we do get much color this year. We still may, if a killing freeze holds off. I got my fingers crossed!

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 on: October 20, 2019, 05:06:07 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by onemansadventure
Was in the Gorge on Mon and Fri, mostly green with hints of brown, not a lot of color. I'm not sure KY is going to get much color this year with the dry August and September, it looks like a lot of trees are just going to drop their leaves.

Agree.  Big South Fork, the Gorge, and Eastern Kentucky, that I have been in the last couple weeks, appear to be mainly just brown and losing leaves or still green.  Of course, there are still pockets or individual trees that are incredible. 

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 on: October 20, 2019, 09:09:25 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by wsp_scott
Was in the Gorge on Mon and Fri, mostly green with hints of brown, not a lot of color. I'm not sure KY is going to get much color this year with the dry August and September, it looks like a lot of trees are just going to drop their leaves.

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 on: October 19, 2019, 09:22:57 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by Bazinga
Hiked at Cave Run Lake today, some areas have nice color, but most of the forest is still green.

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