Pedagogy of the Plants

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June Foraging

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Cantharellus cibarius

A bike ride to a secret spot off South Milledge reveals a neon patch of orange on the forest floor. Click here for a simple and delicious recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Aquatic Social Distancing

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Lake Tree

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 25, 2020 at 8:41 am

Vernal Purple Invader

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Wisteria sinensis

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Wisteria sinensis

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Kudzu Bloom

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Pueraria lobata

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Pueraria lobata

Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

Pink Invader

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Albizia julibrissin

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 10:49 am

Chance Encounter Under the Overpass

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Odocoileus virginianus

Amidst kudzu and trumpet creeper, a doe stands sentry high above the North Oconee Greenway on a Sunday afternoon.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

Hairy White Oldfield Aster

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Symphyotrichum pilosum

Kudzu Vista

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Kudzu On the Tracks

The latest section of greenway spits cyclists out near Lexington Road. A short ride west under Loop 10 leads to the now-vacant homeless camp called Tent City, which sits on one of many recently clear cut and mulched embankments around town. Hike up to the top of the hill, past a handful of abandoned huts and peek under the overpass for an incredible view of kudzu blanketing a stretch of buried railroad.

Written by Cameron Brooks

May 26, 2018 at 11:53 am

Tent City

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On the morning of the last day of school, one of my students pulled me aside and discreetly mentioned, “This weekend we’re moving to a place called The Salvation Army.” I explained where it’s located and talked it up as a place where they’ll be well-taken care of until they have to move again (a familiar ritual). After our conversation, I wondered how the residents of a local homeless camp were faring given recent destruction of woodland habitats, and recalled my first visit to Tent City.

I drove across town to join a small hodgepodge of volunteers from Athens and Atlanta in a Lowes parking lot on the morning of January 6th, 2008. The meeting was organized by an Atlanta-based nonprofit called The Mad Housers. We drove two miles west to Tent City on Lexington Road, a homeless camp tucked into the woods along a stretch of Loop 10.

Wielding tools and panels constructed the day before, we hiked up a shady trail dotted with tents and rudimentary lean-tos in varying states of disrepair. It was hard to discern which were occupied and which ones were abandoned. Once the path leveled a bit, a gentle war veteran named Radar greeted us with firm handshakes. He was the reason for our visit.

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Radar and the rest of our crew spent the next few hours chatting while building his new home, the now-vacant hut pictured above.

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The Mad Housers returned to Tent City and built more homes over the years. Radar passed away, then a woman named Sissy shared the hut with her ailing mother.

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Now everyone is gone. Crews contracted by the Georgia Department of Transportation are in the process of felling trees and clearing undergrowth alongside major roadways. According to a piece on the WUGA website, the project “pushed back the tree line to reduce shadows on the road and ensure falling trees wouldn’t disrupt traffic in storms.”

Whether it’s a mom unable to pay rent and utilities, a chipmunk or garter snake seeking refuge from predators, or military veterans and the mentally ill seeking shelter, the DOT has disrupted more than a few fallen trees and shadows on the road ever could.

 

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

May 26, 2018 at 11:47 am

Leaf Flock

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Written by Cameron Brooks

December 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Fallstreak Hole

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During an evening run, a fallstreak hole forms within an altocumulus sheet. According to Wikipedia, the curious formation occurs “when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form, a domino effect is set off due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.”

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

Parched Hart

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Written by Cameron Brooks

December 20, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Calm

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Written by Cameron Brooks

June 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm

May Day Flurries

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A flurry of cottonwood seeds occupy an entrance to the North Oconee River Greenway.
 

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Medusa Glamps

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Sans flags or signage, a Medusa’s head air plant sprouts from a cherubic candle holder on Lake Tugaloo’s orange shore. Bienvenidos glampers.

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

April 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Abide For A While

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Lake Hartwell Glass

“There are moments when I find myself so seduced by the life of a place, carrying on in the way it must, that all I want is to abide there for a while.”

-Trebbe Johnson

July 4th Resource Nationalism

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Nationalistic Deforestation

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm

94% Humidity Over Claypit Pond

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Claypit Pond Mirror

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 7, 2014 at 9:59 am

Beaversign

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Beaversign

“Usul, we have beaversign the likes of which even God has never seen!”

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

On Spending Time Outdoors

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Wooden Sign

 

How do you fortify yourself?

 

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm