Once in a while I get the chance to ride up through Wise County, and today I had not only that opportunity but also the opportunity to visit three computer-enhanced libraries. In spring it's interesting to observe how altitude affects the phenology between Gate City, Big Stone Gap, and Wise or Norton.
Temperature: 69 degrees Fahrenheit in Gate City at 2 p.m.; 64 in Big Stone Gap at 5 p.m.; 60 in Wise at 5:30 p.m.
Trees: fully green in Gate City; dogwoods still in bloom in Big Stone Gap; leaves still new and yellow on the crest of the Cumberland Mountain above Wise.
Birds: nesting and feeding young in Gate City, but I saw a (male) cardinal, (male) robin, and blue jay close together, all facing each other in what looked like a boundary discussion, on the lawn of the library in Wise.