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  1. Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains

    Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains Introduction by Janet McCue Readers of Smokies LIVE will probably recognize the name George Masa, but freelance science and nature journalist Grant Currin hopes to introduce the talented photographer to the worldwide audience of Audubon readers. Currin sketches Masa’s life, the discrimination immigrants have faced, and the role Masa& Read more...
  2. Wildflowers 101: Spring Beauty

    Wildflowers 101: Spring Beauty Story and image by Tom Harrington Over the years it has been most fulfilling, delightful, and exciting to start locating wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains during mid to late February into March. There is something about spotting the bloom of a wildflower in late winter and early spring that sparks a ray of hope in one’s Read more...
  3. Mountain Time: The Jewel of the Smokies

    Mountain Time: The Jewel of the Smokies Story and images by Arthur “Butch” McDade Mount Le Conte may not be the highest peak in the Smokies, but its impressive hulk looms over the Tennessee side of the national park. Here’s what writers Ken Wise and Ron Petersen say in A Natural History of Mount Le Conte: “Mount Le Conte is the crown jewel of the Great Smoky Read more...
  4. The Smokies in Your Backyard: Sourwood and Redbud

    The Smokies in Your Backyard: Sourwood and Redbud By Steve Kemp and Janet Rock Since early spring is an acceptable time to plant trees, we continue this Smokies LIVE column with some trees native to the Great Smoky Mountains that should thrive around your home if you reside in the Southeast, central Appalachians, and parts of the Midwest. Remember to procure them from a reputable Read more...
  5. Wildflowers 101: Late Winter Wonders

    Wildflowers 101: Late Winter Wonders Story and photos by Tom Harrington Searching for, finding, and identifying wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains enables one to expand their horizons and add new chapters to their national park experience through beauty and an enjoyable, healthy activity. Trailing arbutus When you hear the word spring, you may associate Read more...
  6. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson Heron in Search of Fish by Gaynell Lawson Birds fascinate me. They always have. I enjoy watching them wherever I’m fortunate enough to spot them—in our streams, in the Great Smoky Mountains, or even in my own backyard. I’ve found that if I provide the right feeder, Read more...
  7. GSMA publishes educational adventure to teach young readers about wildlife crossings

    GSMA publishes educational adventure to teach young readers about wildlife crossings GSMA is pleased to announce the publication of A Search for Safe Passage, an educational adventure for readers ages seven to 13 written by Creative Services Director Frances Figart and illustrated by GSMA Publications Specialist Emma DuFort. A Search for Safe Passage tells the story of best friends Bear and Deer who grew up together on the Read more...
  8. Award-winning Writer Makes Great Smokies Her Park

    Award-winning Writer Makes Great Smokies Her Park by Frances Figart, Creative Services Director In the spring of 2019, Latria (pronounced La-tray-a) Graham was chosen to be one of the first Steve Kemp writers-in-residence, spending six weeks learning and writing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The residency—funded by Great Smoky Mountains Association and named for its 30-year Read more...
  9. Image for the Asking: Carter Shields Cabin

    Image for the Asking: Carter Shields Cabin Story and image by Don McGowan The census records for the year 1850 tell us that Cades Cove—that most idyllic valley in Blount County, Tennessee, in what is now the southwestern corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park—was populated with 135 families accounting for 625 hearty souls. Six years earlier, on February 5, 1844, the Read more...
  10. Trailside Talk: Mission 66

    Trailside Talk: Mission 66 By Mike Hembree A happy coincidence in the 1950s led to change for the national park system. The Baby Boom of the post-World War II period increased the population of children in the United States dramatically. At the same time, the country was becoming increasingly mobile. Many veterans returning from the military had the money to buy their Read more...

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