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  1. Mountain Time: Rock of Ages

    Mountain Time: Rock of Ages Story and images by Arthur "Butch" McDade The Appalachian Mountains are ancient highlands formed millions of years ago. They’ve been shaped, contorted, and warped by great forces since time immemorial. Writer John McPhee describes the Appalachian range as “a compressed, chaotic, ropy enigma, four thousand kilometers from Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: Curtain Call

    Image for the Asking: Curtain Call Story and image by Don McGowan I have been a professional nature and travel photographer for nearly 27 years, and the first word that comes readily to mind to describe my experience of those years is “gratitude.” The worst day I’ve ever had doing photography was infinitely better than the best day I ever had in an office& Read more...
  3. Mountain Raingers Aid Understanding of Rainfall in Southern Appalachia

    Mountain Raingers Aid Understanding of Rainfall in Southern Appalachia Students who apply to the University of North Carolina Asheville are often attracted by the region's plethora of hiking trails. Those who end up working as field research assistants with Professor Douglas Miller may find themselves taxed to the limit by the requirement of strenuous hiking in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. & Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron

    Wildflowers 101: Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron Story and images by Tom Harrington How many of you enjoy seeing mountain laurel and rhododendron in bloom? In this issue we will examine mountain laurel and Catawba rhododendron since they bloom in May and June. As of the second week of May, mountain laurel was blooming on Ace Gap Trail in large numbers. Many were at peak bloom Read more...
  5. Trailside Talk: Summer Days

    Trailside Talk: Summer Days By Mike Hembree The calendar will claim that summer starts June 20. School children everywhere will claim that is wrong. And there is evidence—however anecdotal—to support their claim. Summer starts the day—no, the very hour—that the school session is over. Summer comes early to the Smokies, too, and that might be Read more...
  6. Image for the Asking: Liquid Gold

    Image for the Asking: Liquid Gold Story and image by Don McGowan  Perhaps the reason I am so attracted to the music of a flute is that the notes of this instrument remind me of tumbling water. And one of the primary reasons I am so intensely drawn to these old mountains of the blue mists is because of my love of water. Who knows, maybe there actually is some kernel of Read more...

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