Tag: George Ellison

  1. Permanent Camp: Rugel's Ragwort

    Permanent Camp: Rugel's Ragwort Story by George Ellison with image by Elizabeth Ellison This is the story of Rugel's ragwort (Rugelia nudicaulis)—one of the most rare and interesting plants in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—and its eccentric namesake, the German-born plant collector Ferdinand Ignatius Xavier Rugel. In 1840, Rugel (1806-1879) came to the Read more...
  2. Permanent Camp: Bracken

    Permanent Camp: Bracken By George Ellison, lllustration by Elizabeth Ellison  “Here and elsewhere, bracken is such an aggressive plant that one wonders why it has not taken over the world.”~ R. C. Moran, A Natural History of Ferns  I am a fern aficionado, not a fern authority. Nevertheless, ferns are my favorite plants. And bracken is one of my Read more...
  3. Permanent Camp: Mountain Laurel

    Permanent Camp: Mountain Laurel Story by George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  In order to accomplish pollination, flowering plants have been outwitting, beguiling, and utilizing insects for millions of years. One of the more interesting insect-flower relationships was forged between mountain laurel and its insect visitors. As we are presently in the Read more...
  4. Permanent Camp: Jordan’s Salamander

    Permanent Camp: Jordan’s Salamander Story by George Ellison and Frances Figart, with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison In GSMA’s Species-a-Day perpetual calendar, Jordan’s salamander appears on December 10, where it is written: “Jordan’s red-cheeked salamander is found only in the Southern Appalachians, with most of the known range being in the park. Like Read more...
  5. Permanent Camp: Land Snails

    Permanent Camp: Land Snails By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison “Land snails can be considered one of the many building blocks for the ecosystems in which they reside, providing not only a food source but accessibility to calcium, often a rare commodity in the Southern Appalachians.” ~Dan and Judy Dourson, Land Snails of the Great Read more...
  6. After Thought: Evan O. Hall, an Original Genius

    After Thought: Evan O. Hall, an Original Genius By George Ellison  Back in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, America specialized as a nation in producing a special breed of citizen popularly categorized as an “original genius”; that is, they were folks self-reliant, indefatigable, and exceeding clever when it came to improvising and making do with little Read more...
  7. Permanent Camp: Fringe Tree

    Permanent Camp: Fringe Tree By George Ellison, with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  “If the fringe tree has no economic importance, it contributes to the higher things of life: a raving beauty when in mid-spring it is loaded up from top to bottom with the airiest, most ethereal yet showy flowers boasted by any member of our northern phyla.” ~Donald Read more...
  8. PERMANENT CAMP: The Wonder of the Golden Mouse

    PERMANENT CAMP: The Wonder of the Golden Mouse By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison My favorite rodent is the golden mouse. I'm in good company. John James Audubon thought it was the "prettiest" of this nation's mice. And a more recent commentator, Donald W. Linzey—author of Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park—has described it as “beautiful Read more...
  9. Permanent Camp: Send in the Clowns

    Permanent Camp: Send in the Clowns Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life: How fortunate we are to have super duo George and Elizabeth Ellison sharing work with us in our virtual magazine for Smokies lovers in a dangerous time. Elizabeth’s illustration of the powerful raven and George’s prose poem about this mysterious bird’s legendary Read more...
  10. A conversation with the authors of the new Kephart biography

    Book cover of Back of Beyond by George Ellison and Janet McCue

    Working with literary authorities George Ellison and Janet McCue to edit their new book, Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography, was like being a roadie for a dynamic singer-songwriter duo (imagine going on tour with Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell). George and Janet are so creative, so steeped in the literature of the Smokies region, and so attuned to all things Kephart that it was mesmerizing and magical to interact with them on a daily basis.

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