Nature Watch: Southern Leopard Frog

Last May, we took a vacation to see Cloudland Canyon State Park, and while we were there, we hiked into the canyon to view two waterfalls. The first waterfall was Cherokee Falls, and it spilled into a beautiful, tranquil pool that was filled with boulders we could climb and sit on. We were delighted when we … Continue reading Nature Watch: Southern Leopard Frog

Nature Watch: Tulip-tree Silkmoth

When we went on vacation last May to Cloudland Canyon State Park, we stayed in a nearby cabin, and on our first evening, my son found this beautiful moth on the ground in the yard. The closest match we found to it in our butterfly app is a Glover's Silk Moth, but it really didn't seem quite … Continue reading Nature Watch: Tulip-tree Silkmoth

Nature Watch: Crazy Abundance of Mushrooms

As a follow-up to my son's mushroom project, I thought I would share what we found below our deck around a tree stump at just about the same time we were growing shiitake mushrooms. We get a lot of cool mushrooms in our yard, especially in the spring and fall when it's rainy, but we've … Continue reading Nature Watch: Crazy Abundance of Mushrooms

Nature Watch: Luna Moth

A few weeks ago we had a very exciting visitor in our garden! This was serendipitous because my eight-year-old has recently become enamored with moths -- ever since we found that polyphemus moth in our yard! I spotted this incredible luna moth on our corn, and I was literally speechless! My son only knew something … Continue reading Nature Watch: Luna Moth

Nature Watch: Botany Bay Plantation, Edisto Island, SC

Botany Bay Plantation was private land until 2008 when it was acquired by the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.  They have a cooperative partnership with The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, who manages this property. Now it's a preserve and wildlife management area, so no one is allowed to remove anything from the land, including shells. … Continue reading Nature Watch: Botany Bay Plantation, Edisto Island, SC