Monday, August 11, 2014


It's been brought to my attention that coyotes have been not only active in ACA but making more brazen daylight appearances around homes here.  One such encounter was on Dawen Circle not too long after lunch.  A couple of weeks ago, a pack was in a yip-howl either on Tanneyhill or doggone close to Doyle Love's house above me around 10a.

Coyotes have been and will continue to be part of our environment here, but they are not just a night time threat to our pets or really anyone out and about in the woods.  Please be aware of this.

And don't forget your proxies if you can't make the August 23 meeting in person.  :-)   Too, over the past 4 days or so I measured 2.12" of rain.  Nice to see some sun today!


Thursday, August 7, 2014


(Passing along the following from Keith Patton, ACAHA president...)

As previously posted, the ACAHA Annual Meeting is slated for Saturday August 23.  In order to have a quorum, 64 lot owners need to be represented...and you get represented either by showing up in person, giving your proxy to another lot owner, or assigning your proxy to an owner of choice.  Hand yours to your neighbor if they're going to the meeting, or to a board member, your choice. It's VERY important that proxies be returned/assigned by those not able to attend the meeting. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Be watching your mail box the next couple of weeks....our annual meeting is about 4 weeks away.

What:  Annual Meeting, ACAHA
Date: Saturday August 23, 2014
Where: Auditorium @ Haywood County Library
Time: 10a-12 noon

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


(This is in response to a comment on the prior post concerning the recent clearing related to the power line right of ways in Apple Creek.  Explore the link provided below to find any answers to questions you may have.  Any concerns or complaints need to be sent to Duke Energy as we have no say so in any of this.  Standard practice, at least here in NC.)

As I understand it, in NC Duke has the right to clear any right of way for all power line transmissions, to a distance that meets their safety standards, on anyone's property.  They do some limited clean-up, but most smaller branches and such  are left behind; in the case of emergency clearings, property owners are responsible for the clean-up.

HERE is a link to a Duke Energy FAQ page that should answer most of your questions.   Frequently Asked Questions -Duke Energy

If you still have questions or concerns, you need to contact Duke Energy directly as Apple Creek has no say so whatsoever about this operation.


Saturday, July 5, 2014


Well, kinda sorta.  Most of you have seen the Asplundh tree crews on Apple Creek Road this past week, and may well see them some next week.  These are crews contracted by Duke Energy to clear the power line right of ways, and they've been working all around the greater Junaluska area.  I would assume they are not done as there are a couple of work signs face down in the weeds, so just a potential heads up for next week.


Monday, June 30, 2014


Sunrise color late June
Crepuscular rays 1
Crepuscular rays 2

These pics were taken last week...'crepuscular' is your 50-cent word of the day.  The middle shot was especially interesting in that the rays all fused in a solid shaft for maybe 1 minute before splitting up, all this after an early morning of some light but steady rain.
I had the opportunity to talk with Irene (of The Big House) earlier today, and she wanted to express her thanks for the outpouring of monetary support for helping to keep up the entrance with flowers and plants.  Especially, she wanted to thank Chris and Helen for their donation of hostas fresh off their property...the entrance is something some may take for granted, but know that Irene and Judy, with the gifts from others, make it look so very lovely, all on their own volition and nickel.  A great big "thank you!" to all who had a part.  :-)

Friday, May 30, 2014


Note to self: bring the bird feeders in at night.  

     Last night, only about 7 feet from the bedroom window stood a rather large black bear that I struck up a conversation with.  No matter the din of three dogs barking madly at lawnmower-level decibels, it just stood there and looked at me as I talked with it.  I'm not adept at sexing bears at O'dark-thirty, so I'll pick the male version....I know enough to never call anything that's female 'big' or 'huge'.  :-)  That bear easily would tip the scales at 250#.  After it ambled off the deck at one gear higher than a 3-toed sloth, I set out my game camera, figuring it would return for that which it hadn't already destroyed.  FYI, the camera lens was roughly 45" above the deck, so even seeing only the south-bound end of a north-bound bruin, you can see he had some bulk.

Thursday morning I was treated to a brief sun spike before sunrise, with the upper level clouds just right.  Click to enlarge any pic, as always.                       - Bob
5-28-14 Dawn with sun spike