Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Phenology 7/13/11: Welcome to The South

Between mid-June and mid-August, even the high Blue Ridge Mountains start to feel like "The South." It's not the 90-degree heat that can kill you (actually, most days it's only 80-degree heat); it's the 90% humidity. Breathing becomes difficult, and the sight of reforested hills covered in trees, each of which is literally steaming 30 gallons of water or more into the air every day, makes you think wistfully about clear-cutting and forest fires.