Author: Sue Wasserman

  1. Green With Envy

    Green With Envy Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Jack in the pulpit I don’t remember how old I was when I became enamored of the word “hue.” Thanks to a mom who took my sister and me to the library every week, whether we’d finished our books or not, it’s hard to remember a time when words didn’t hold a Read more...
  2. Meandering Into Knowingness

    Meandering Into Knowingness Photos by Sue Wasserman White-fringed phacelia The road to knowingness is paved with a whole lot of meandering. As much as I love exploring new trails in the Smokies, I long to find trails with which I can become intimately acquainted, too. Porters Creek is becoming one such trail for me. I happened upon it several years Read more...
  3. Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing

    Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing Photos by Sue Wasserman Don’t you love when obscure, long-ago memories bubble up to the surface? I was walking on a trail the other day when a doozy of one brought a chuckle to my lips. I was taken back more than two decades to a conversation with my sister-in-law who was about to give birth to her first son. She told my brother and me Read more...
  4. Finding the Gifts in the In-Betweens

    Finding the Gifts in the In-Betweens Photos by Sue Wasserman Frost in the morning, wood frogs chortling in the afternoon. This in-between time of year never fails to intrigue me. There are countless mornings the Smokies seem unwilling to release their grip on winter, gloating while painting early mornings in crystalized white. Bundled in layers, though, I’m relatively Read more...
  5. Wilderness Wildlife Week Makes Great Smoky Mountains Adventuring a Breeze

    Wilderness Wildlife Week Makes Great Smoky Mountains Adventuring a Breeze Photos by Sue Wasserman So many choices, so little time. That’s what I was thinking as I began considering just the right Great Smokies trail to meander while in Gatlinburg recently. GSMA Creative Services Director Frances Figart had no idea she was going to help make that decision easy. She had simply invited me to visit her at her Read more...
  6. Don’t Forget to Look Up

    Don’t Forget to Look Up Photos by Sue Wasserman The more I wander along trails in the Smokies, the more I notice how much time I spend looking down. It’s not just that I love to see what just-blossomed flowers Mother Nature is offering up for my enjoyment, but it feels important to be on the lookout for slithery creatures who might be trying to enjoy them Read more...
  7. Of Salamanders and a Perpetual Passion for Learning

    Of Salamanders and a Perpetual Passion for Learning Reptiles & Amphibians of the Smokies was used to I.D. this as a Four-Toed Salamander. Photo courtesy of Sue Wasserman. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a pondering wanderer or a wandering ponderer. One of the things I pondered recently was my general disinterest in science when I was in school. While I vaguely Read more...
  8. Tis The Season To Get Grounded

    Tis The Season To Get Grounded Image by Sue Wasserman By the time we reach the end of the year, I often find myself running out of steam. When I look back over this past year, it’s easy to see why. Thanks to COVID-19 and its sad continued squashing of several work-related projects, I’ve devoted even more time and energy this year to outdoor pursuits, such as Read more...
  9. Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed

    Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed Images by Sue Wasserman One of the things I appreciate most about nature is how there’s always something new to experience if I’m open to the possibilities. All that is required of me is a little attention and some well-timed serendipity. I had both in spades the day I noticed a patch of milkweed with seed pods that were Read more...
  10. Making Time in the Future to Embrace the Past

    Making Time in the Future to Embrace the Past Lately, I’ve been on a history kick. It started in Concord, MA a few weeks ago while on vacation. A tour of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s house was so moving, I wandered across the street to learn more about author Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose work influenced Alcott. This was followed by a foray to Walden Pond, Harper’ Read more...

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