In the afternoon, I headed to Johns Creek for a walk with legendary national park ranger and naturalist Jerry Hightower in the Jones Bridge unit of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. A nature walk with Jerry is always fascinating.
We stopped at a fallen, decaying pine log. Jerry explained how rotting logs are invaluable for forest health, harboring countless species of fungi, bacteria, grubs, beetles, ants and other life involved in the decay process and providing food for numerous higher creatures. Many eggs of insects and snakes overwinter in fallen logs. Rotting wood also adds nutrients to the soil and enriches the forest.
So, to enjoy nature’s wonders, Atlantans don’t have to travel far away to the mountains or the coast: Nature’s treasures can be just down the road.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be first quarter on Monday. Venus is low in the west at dusk and sets about two hours later. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are low in the east about two hours before dawn.