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  1. Illuminating the Magic and Mystery: An Interview with Radim Schreiber, Firefly Photographer

    Illuminating the Magic and Mystery: An Interview with Radim Schreiber, Firefly Photographer   By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  One of our favorite products that we sell in our GSMA bookstores is Radim Schreiber’s book, Firefly Experience. The coffee-table book has a glowing cover and contains scores of amazing photographs of lighting bugs both in the Smokies and throughout the country. For our latest Read more...
  2. Ellison and McCue: Kephart Brought Them Together

    Ellison and McCue: Kephart Brought Them Together By Frances Figart, Creative Director  In 2019, George Ellison and Janet McCue won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for their Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography (2019, Great Smoky Mountains Association). They will be interviewed on a Lit Café Zoom meeting hosted by the Western North Carolina Historical Association on Read more...
  3. Image for the Asking: Hark, What Light

    Image for the Asking: Hark, What Light Story and image by Don McGowan  According to most recent accounts there are 848 miles of maintained trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including 71 miles on the Appalachian Trail. These miles are scattered wonderfully across GSMNP from edge to edge and from high to low. In the extreme northeastern corner of the park, just Read more...
  4. ‘Singing Creek’ Takes Readers on a Musical Smoky Mountain Adventure

    ‘Singing Creek’ Takes Readers on a Musical Smoky Mountain Adventure The new title from Great Smoky Mountains Association takes young readers on an underwater journey through the music and magic of a Smoky Mountain stream. Written by Morgan Simmons and illustrated by Don Wood, Singing Creek tells the story of a talented singing crayfish with big ambitions. Molly McPhee is an aquatic resident of Great Smoky Read more...
  5. Little Beetle Makes a Big Difference

    Little Beetle Makes a Big Difference By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Maggie Mamantov loves... dung beetles! She’s getting her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and studying the impact of climate change on non-native species, particularly dung beetles in the genus Onthophagus. After getting her B.A from Iowa’s Grinnell College, Mamantov has come back Read more...
  6. Permanent Camp - Southern Harebell

    Permanent Camp - Southern Harebell By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison Plants and animals are often at war with one another. But they also find avenues that allow them to practice cooperative behavior. No relationship in the natural world demonstrates this more clearly than the one forged millions of years ago between flowering plants and their pollinators Read more...
  7. Smokies Life magazine: Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose

    Smokies Life magazine: Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose  The following is a teaser for a feature in the current Smokies Life magazine. Point of Conflict Where Bears and Humans Converge, Bears Nearly Always Lose, By David Brill As research clearly demonstrates, many of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s black bears are moving beyond park boundaries and traveling far greater distances Read more...
  8. Permanent Camp: Foliar Fruit Flagging

    By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  Most wildflower enthusiasts hone in on the showy, flowering phase of a plant's life cycle for observation. Only slowly do we learn to appreciate the post-flowering phase. The setting and distribution of fruit is, after all, what the hustle-and-bustle of germination, flowering, and Read more...
  9. Smokies Life magazine: Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies

    Smokies Life magazine: Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies The following is a teaser for a feature in the current Smokies Life magazine. Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies, By Anne Bridges Prologue Many people are aware that President Roosevelt visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940 to dedicate the park. But few realize that this was his second trip to the Read more...
  10. Image for the Asking: A River

    Image for the Asking: A River Story and image by Don McGowan  There are nearly 2,900 miles of streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That’s roughly the distance between Asheville, North Carolina, and the Colorado National Monument, just south of Fruita, Colorado, and back again; and nearly 600 miles of that number are suitable for fishing. The watersheds Read more...

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