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Blackberry Winter is here! 

It’s blackberry winter here in Ky. 
According to the wise farmers we have 5 spring time winters here in Ky. 

1. Redbud Winter that usually falls in early April while the beautiful mountains are full of purple budding trees. 

2. Dogwood Winter usually falls at the end of April and around Easter. 

3. Locust Winter is a cold spell in early May. These trees bloom with pods of small white fragrant blooms. 

4. Blackberry Winter is usually cold and rainy in mid May. The vines are blooming with beautiful bright white blooms now! 

5. Cotton Britches Winter/Whippoorwill Winter. I’ve heard it called both. It is the last cold spell and time to put your britches up and the Whippoorwill will migrate from Mexico to us . It is rarely saw due to its camouflage color but we will start to hear it’s sweet song soon! I can’t wait! 

Y’ALL GET READY IT’S ALMOST SUMMER! One more cold spell and you can put your long johns up for the summer. 
Mekeshia Jordan, nature lover

It feels like Spring Time here in Kentucky! 

I am totally shocked at the winter weather we have not had here in Kentucky. It’s not been very cold at all. Yesterday me and my family went on a small adventure in the woods. I was amazed to find a few mosquito bites on my arms when we returned. Mosquitos on February is some thing I have never seen or had a problem with. I am honestly worried about the other critters being out early also like the copperheads and deer ticks. I think it needs to come a cold spell and scare them all off for a little while. It’s way to soon to be dealing with this annoying critters that I am personally scared to death of. 

We did enjoy our trip to the creek and found a few nice treasures. One being this awesome piece of drift wood. I am so thankful that I have a nice husband to carry things for me. This piece is huge and I honestly don’t have a clue what I’m going to do with it. But I couldn’t leave it behind. We also found a couple of gorgeous pieces of Kentucky Agate. I can’t wait to share them with you all when I get them cleaned up and cut. Mother Nature sure did bless us with these natural creations. 

The weather has been amazing. It’s been around 70 degrees for the past few days and the forcast says it’s gonna be that way all week. It may be time to put up those winter coats. I’m gonna give it a little bit. It’s all too strange and I honestly hope we do have a few cooler days soon. Although we definitely don’t want the the farmers to be planting and a frost come. I do feel it’s needed. 

I was amazing at the beauty of the creek yesterday. It almost looked to be neon green. I didn’t realize how much you can see when all the trees are leafless. I was a little distraught that my favorite Kayaking water trail is undergoing a logging company for a stretch of about 10 miles. The forest looks a little bare without the big oaks and popular trees. Big piles of logs where stacked everywhere and the creek bed that we use for kayaking was full of floating log dams. I sure hope they clean up. So many people love to make that trip. 

All the downed trees is such and eyesore in this beautiful area but the creek still looked refreshing like it’s standing it’s own through the storm. 

I know sometimes logging is good for a forest but I pray that the owner of this operation would be considerate to the creeks and streams and do there best to take care of the wildlife. I really feel like this part of the forest should be considered a national forest due to its excellent streams and beautiful views. I hope one day it will be so it’s protected and this can’t happen agai. It hurts my heart to see one of my favorite places in such a mess.