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Southeastern five-lined skink lizard hiding on tree

A good friend an I went hiking Saturday on the mountain for a little more than 2 hours. The hike took us across the ridge and down across two small creeks. This was the first time for me in this area. I was surprised to fine the huge rocks with the spring.

Southeastern five-lined skink lizard

Southeastern five-lined skink

tree fungi

fern fiddle heads

Ferns emerging

ferns

spring

spring

spring

Dwarf crested iris, Iris cristata

Dwarf crested iris, native to our area

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eastern fence lizard

This looks like a Eastern Fence lizard but I am not sure. He looks somewhat prehistoric.

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Rocky Creek Moss Covered Rocks

rocky spring with moss covered rocks

Good morning Y’all

Well, the sun is rising up over the mountain and it has the makings of a gorgeous spring day. Yesterday, we received 2.6 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. Today our high temperature is suppose to get to 64 degrees F and by the weekend, temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70’s.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
― Plato

 

Falls Park Waterfalls Greenville SC

falls park waterfalls greenville sc

A blogger friend ask me to post a picture of the Falls Park waterfalls that are downtown Greenville, SC. I took this picture back in late summer one Sunday afternoon. My wife and I enjoy walking downtown and always walk along the trails at Falls Park. The waterfalls are just off main street and are easy to access. This is a beautiful park and waterfall that is right in the middle of downtown Greenville. It’s a great place to relax and have a picnic.

Greenville, SC is a great area to live and there are a lot of really good restaurants downtown. It’s a short 3 hour drive to the beach in Charleston, SC and  we can get to the mountains in less than 30 minutes. We actually live in northern Greenville county in the mountains and love it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a great weekend! 🙂

Small Waterfalls

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 mountain waterfall

I have read many articles about a cave on our mountain that was used during the revolutionary war and a revolutionary war grave site. I have made many hikes across the mountain in my attempt to find both of these. This time I decided to hike across the Southside of the mountain about one-third down from the top. Since there are no trails I had to use my compass to stay on track. My hike was about 2 miles round trip in some really rough terrain and dense trees.

south carolina waterfall

After hiking for about 35 minutes I found myself in a huge ravine that impossible to get across so I followed it down the mountain hoping to find a away across. Then I found a large spring, water was bubbling out of the ground everywhere. As I continued to walk down the ravine there were numerous springs that had formed a good size creek. I continued to follow the creek and before I knew it I could hear water falling. It got louder as I got closer and finally I could see there were two waterfalls.

waterfalls

It appeared many, many years ago someone had built a wall with a 10 foot long channel that pooled the water that then lead to the first fall. The water from a creek like this was often used many years ago to make moonshine. This water is very cold and crystal clear. I climbed down to see the waterfall and below the fall was another small pool of water with another small waterfall.

waterfall on paris mountain

The waterfalls are on the South side of the mountain, I checked my compass and the falls are facing exactly 180 degrees south.

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Mountain Spring Water

Clean Water from our Mountain Spring – There just seems to be something magical about a mountain spring. We have a natural spring on the property producing pure water at a rate of between 50 to 60 gallons a minute during the rainy season and it can be only a trickle the dry months. The water comes from the side of the mountain from a crevice, probably from an aquifer that is over flowing. Filling up a bucket from this spring the water is pure and clean. The water is very cold.

Mountain Spring
Mountain Spring

I thought about installing a pipe from the hole when we have dry weather but decided to leave it alone. We have a creek nearby that might also come from this same aquifer.

Spring water can be the best water you can drink. Nature has the most advanced water filter in existence. Spring water usually contains a beneficial level of minerals. The spring is a gift from Mother Earth and it is free!

This mountain spring is really neat!

Please leave comments, thank you,
Michael