October’s bright blue weather has been wonderful for the past couple of weeks and especially after the temperature dropped a bit, and the cool early mornings became noticeable and instigated a search for a light jacket.
The birds visiting or living at Charles Towne Landing are making noises that indicate they recognize this important season change and their need to prepare – whether they go or stay. I have been eagerly waiting for the Hooded Mergansers to arrive. I have not yet seen any of these, my favorite ducks, at CTL. Their traditional schedule to arrive here is October 15 until mid-March. They were late last year; did not arrive until late November. I just love seeing the beautiful males with their white head patches and white breasts. The females are brown and rust and not nearly as good looking as the male as is usually the case in the bird world.
Charlestowne Estates No. 1 residents who live by their lagoon (which runs out under the CTL road into the marsh) feed the mergansers and faithfully greet them year after year. These ducks are quite a sight on their lagoon as they swim and float up and down and enjoy the shelled corn regularly thrown out to them by these generous folks.
I’ll fill in some details mentioned in my August 31 blog. Most important, the #1 Fountain located in the lagoon next to the Legare-Waring House was reinstalled after necessary repairs on September 7, 2012. This fountain still makes wonderful rainbows. September and October appear to be the optimal time during the year to produce the most incredible colors on this fountain between 8 am and 9 am. Apparently the sun’s position in the sky in relation to the fountain when the sun reaches 42 degrees is superior to the other months of the year.
Until daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 4, the rainbow colors on this fountain will be superb when viewed from the dike between 8 am when the fountain turns on and just before 9 am when the colors have moved far to the left, and the fountain and its colors are hidden behind the Pampas grass, the oak branches, and all the other trees and bushes in the yard of the Legare-Waring House. The show moves from right to left while standing on the dike. Viewing the rainbow colors does require brilliant sunshine behind you. Pacing back and forth for about 10 feet at the time will allow you to see all the colors in their various positions. One must take some time to fully enjoy this amazing phenomenon. This week I spent as much as 20 minutes or so, but I know I am weird.
I’ve been trying to figure out the exact times on and after November 4, the end of DST, when the clock falls back one hour. Someone tell me what time I need to be there to “Rainbow Chase” after the time change. At the moment I don’t get the answer; I just get a headache!!!
Do you remember: Roy G Biv? That is the code to the colors of the rainbow: Red,Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. The pacing during rainbow chasing reveals those colors better. Also, look at the water underneath the fountain and enjoy the reflected colors there.
Jason Sellers, the Assistant Park Manager, and his wife are now the proud parents of a beautiful little girl who arrived, I believe, during the first week in October. Each time I’ve asked about Jason this month I’ve been told he was on family leave. A couple of ladies walking in the park told me the baby has already been “strollering” in CTL. Sounds like a really smart kid!
The dry weather has really dried out the Resurrection fern. It is absolutely in need of resurrection.
I don’t have a current status on Maggy the Skunk. Last time I asked, I believe they said she is improving but not ready to return to her display habitat.
White camellias are in full bloom already. The sweet grass is blooming. The blooming sweet grass presents one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen while walking in, facing the early morning sun shining on the hot pink color of this unusual plant. In every season Charles Towne Landing is just breathtakingly beautiful. I take extra time to walk around the entire parking lot area and enjoy this incredible color during this special time of the year.
There is plenty of room for you, too!!!