A beautiful fall day brought out the babies at the North Carolina Zoo yesterday near Asheboro, North Carolina. The zoo had the good fortune this summer to have two new Lowland Gorilla offspring. The older is named Bomassa, while the younger hasn't received his name yet. Everyone seems to be doing well.
One of the great pleasures of growing up in the rural South during the early Fall is the scuppernong, or as we used to call them, "scupanines". Wonderful as juice, wine or just for eating, these golden sweet baubles are members of the muscadine family. I picked a fresh bowl full from my Dad's vines on our farm in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.