Barred Owl

A barred owl had some sort of prey just off the road in the underbrush.  We were driving by in a golf cart and must have startled the owl, and it startled us as it flew from the ground to a tree.  We stopped and watched it for a few minutes, until it seemed to get a little annoyed and started moving from tree to tree, getting closer to us (and its prey).  We moved along so it could get back to its meal.

May 18, 2017 - Barred Owl in Bent Tree

May 18, 2017 – Barred Owl in Bent Tree

Pine Beetles

May 14, 2017 - Goldfinch on limb of dead pine tree in Bent Tree

May 14, 2017 – Goldfinch on limb of dead pine tree in Bent Tree

One of the topics for discussion for today’s (May 16) Board Work Session is “Pine Beetles”.  The effects of the drought on both hardwoods and pine trees in our area will show up in the short-term and over the long-term.  Drought stressed pines in Georgia are susceptible to several types of pine beetles, including the Engraver Bark Beetle which is infesting forests in our state (especially in the Piedmont and Mountain regions).  Click here for some historical information (1972-2007) about “Georgia’s Most Destructive Forest Pest”, the Southern Pine Beetle. 1979 was a really bad year.

May 14, 2017 - dead pine trees in Bent Tree

May 14, 2017

“…one of the best lake lots in Bent Tree.”

The lakefront home at 33 Tamarack Point hit the market a few days ago with an asking price of $299,900.  If you’re looking for a home in Bent Tree, especially one on Lake Tamarack, you need to come see this one soon.  Click here to link to the listing information.

33 Tamarack Point in Bent Tree (listing photo)

33 Tamarack Point in Bent Tree (listing photo)

Now Blooming in Bent Tree

September 16, 2012 - an old plant identification sign

September 16, 2012 – an old plant identification sign

Galax (Galax urceolata synonym Galax aphylla), also known as Coltsfoot, Wand flower, and Beetleweed.  The photo above was taken in September 2012, off the beaten path along Long Swamp Creek, near the Tamarack Drive end of the Beaver Run Trail.  Years before that, many of the native plants in Bent Tree were marked with labels, and this little sign remained.  I only found it because I spotted some trash in the underbrush and went to pick it up; the trash was next to the sign.  I went back to the spot in the spring of 2013 and sure enough, galax was blooming around the sign.  The sign, and that particular bed of galax, was swept away by the flood later in 2013.  But, there are still many locations in the community where you can find galax in bloom right now.  The photo below was taken on Monday.

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May 8, 2017 – Galax blooming in Bent Tree

 

 

The Chestnut Tree

Click here for a previous post.  The tree turned out to (most likely) be a hybrid of American Chestnut and Chinese Chestnut.  While it’s not a pure American Chestnut, it’s still pretty cool to have a mature hybrid chestnut in the Bent Tree woods.  And, the nuts are edible.

April 30, 2017 - looking up from the ground to leaves on a chestnut tree in Bent Tree

April 30, 2017 – looking up from the ground to leaves on a chestnut tree in Bent Tree

“Private Mountain Home with Stunning Views…”

The 3 bedroom 2½ bath home at 104 Big Stump Mountain Trail in Bent Tree sits on 1.6 acres and has views to the Atlanta Skyline.  Click here to link to the listing information.  The asking price is $259,000.

104 Big Stump Mountain Trail in Bent Tree (listing photo)

104 Big Stump Mountain Trail in Bent Tree (listing photo)