The autumn leaf changing is just hitting Atlanta, but was clearly well underway in Ohio by this time. This was taken on 22 October of last year at Jennings’ Woods.
A couple of juvenile Northern Fence Lizards Sceloporus undulatus from The Obed. Although these occur in Ohio, I had never encountered any and was quite excited to see these in Tennessee. The fence lizard is one of only a few non-skink lizards in Tennnessee, including a whiptail Aspidoscelis sexlineatus and an anole.
The morning after climbing, we swam in the nearby tributary to the Obed River and enjoyed the view of it’s valley.
A few weeks ago, Allison and I met up with her friend, Katie, from the track team at Brown, who is currently a faculty member at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Katie and her friends, including her boyfriend Warren, invited us to go rock climbing at an internationally recognized climbing hot spot: the Obed Wild and Scenic River. As first time outdoor climbers, we didn’t make it to the top of any of the sport climbing routes, but we did well enough, especially when our competitive nature spurred both of us to make the extra reach…
If I remember correctly, we tried a couple of the routes at Lilly Bluff, and Clear Creek.
A few years ago, just about the time I purchased my Olympus D-SLR, Microsoft put out a online project called Photosynth, which allows a series of photographs to be stitched together to make a walk-through or 3D re-construction. I briefly experimented with it then, including making a 3D reconstruction of a John Deere Tractor ornament and a small depression at Jennings’ Woods, and this weekend, after seeing some photographs my former lab-mate posted of her new home in Oregon, I tried Photosynth out again. Here’s a reconstruction of my living room.