Tag: George Ellison

  1. Permanent Camp: Grass-of-Parnassus

    Permanent Camp: Grass-of-Parnassus by George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  “From a distance the white flowers are attractive but not extraordinary; when observed closely, though, the delicate tracery of the green veins on the waxy white petals is astonishing.” ~Alan S. Weakley, “Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States& Read more...
  2. Permanent Camp: Skunk Goldenrod

    Permanent Camp: Skunk Goldenrod By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  Have you ever been enjoying a walk along a mountain trail when you suddenly encountered a musky unpleasant smell? I've learned to consider five likely sources: bear scat, wild boar, carrion vine, galax, or goldenrod. Goldenrod? Yes, if you’re walking in the higher elevations Read more...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Permanent Camp: Fraser Magnolias

    Permanent Camp: Fraser Magnolias In the coves of the southern Appalachians, cooled by the breezes set astir by ever-falling water … this lovely tree [Fraser magnolia] is most at home, its flowers shining forth serenely as water-lilies floating in the forest green.  ~ D. C. Peattie, A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central America (1950) Written by Read more...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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