Spring has come to our mountains here in East Tennessee! This means Turkey harvesting season is just a few days away, and I so look forward to harvesting some fresh, nature fed, turkey meat! It has been in the mid seventies a few days already. Of course that means I have to look for my mesh-net head gear to keep the gnats and mosquitos and other little insects out of my eyes and ears so I'll feel comfortable enough to hunt. Here are a few pictures to show what's happening in the forest right now.
This is a picture of a trail where I've mowed near the cabin showing the thickness of the bamboo along the creek - which is great for turkeys to graze near so they can hide in it if danger occurs.
I'm not really sure, but I think this tree is called a white birch. It was so beautiful against the blue sky that I had to get a picture for you.
I took this picture as I traveled home from Sunday School last week. This mountain is called Starr mountain, and it appeared to me that someone had deliberately set the woods on fire. I'm told by some of the mountain folk that the turkey hunters do this every year - mainly because the turkeys love to feed on the green shoots that will soon be uncovered. Also the bugs and worms and other insects are a part of natures provision for the wild turkey.
Here is a bug working on a rotting log. He is called the Southern Pine Beetle and has wreaked havoc on our forests here in the southeast. I hear that the turkeys love to feed on these bugs.
More rotting logs which have fallen as a result of the beetle's work - then heavy rains soften the ground - then heavy spring thunderstomrs with strong winds can finish the work. I've seen a flock of at least 15 wild turkeys in this area! Warms my heart!!