Tag: Smokies LIVE

  1. Permanent Camp: The Great Horned Owl

    Permanent Camp: The Great Horned Owl Tyger Tyger, burning bright,  In the forests of the night;  What immortal hand or eye,  Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies.  Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire?  ~William Blake, "The Tyger" from Songs of Innocence (1892 Read more...
  2. Video feature: An Early Spring Hike

    Video feature: An Early Spring Hike By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate We're happy to see that many of you have been enjoying our videos! Today I thought I would share a video from a hike I took two years ago with my husband and daughter. It was a cool day, and early spring wildflowers were just beginning to poke their way into the world. Birds were Read more...
  3. When the Writer in Residence is not…

    When the Writer in Residence is not… Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life: Nature writer and photographer Sue Wasserman of Bakersville, North Carolina, was the winner of the second annual Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency. She was to arrive in the Smokies on April 3 and stay in the park for six weeks, visiting iconic park places and spending time with Read more...
  4. How Your Phone Can Help You Be a Naturalist 

    How Your Phone Can Help You Be a Naturalist  By Aaron Searcy, publications associate With widespread closures of public areas and social-isolating measures in place across the country, spending time outside remains a reliable source of solace for many in uncertain times. Despite the temporary closure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are still plenty of other places that can be Read more...
  5. Coming Soon To A Tree Near You: Spring Fireflies!

    Coming Soon To A Tree Near You: Spring Fireflies! By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America Over the past week, there has been a veritable explosion of green in my small Knoxville backyard. Trees are flowering, bees are buzzing around them, birds have begun singing their melodies, and leafy greenness suddenly abounds. Spring is officially here, and yet something Read more...
  6. Video: Riverside stroll

    Video: Riverside stroll Enjoy another favorite from our video collection, this riverside stroll among wildflowers captured by GSMA's Valerie Polk in 2012. Praise for Smokies LIVE Since we sent out Wednesday’s Eblast of the week’s Smokies LIVE articles, messages like the ones below have been pouring in about how much people are enjoying—and Read more...
  7. Behind Back of Beyond: How Kephart brought his co-biographers together 

    Behind Back of Beyond: How Kephart brought his co-biographers together  Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Back of Beyond:  This essay just arrived in my inbox from my friend and the co-author with George Ellison of Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography, winner in 2019 of the coveted Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Since today is the anniversary of Kephart’s death in 1931— Read more...
  8. Smokies Image for the Asking

    Smokies Image for the Asking Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life: A long-time Smokies fan and photographer of the park, my friend Don writes a weekly column, which I think of as a mini-sermon, that he sends out via email every Sunday to a group of photographers and others interested in a mindful approach to art. I asked him to share some of his Read more...
  9. Permanent Camp: Tale of the Mourning Cloak

    Permanent Camp: Tale of the Mourning Cloak Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life: In the spirit of their collaboration, Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Smokies, George and Elizabeth Ellison are contributing a weekly column to Smokies LIVE. Living on the edge of the Smokies, this power couple was named “Blue Ridge Naturalists of Read more...
  10. Looking Forward to 2021

    Looking Forward to 2021 By Karen Key As the senior publications specialist (fancy for graphic designer) here at GSMA, one of the projects I am working on right now is the 2021 wall calendar.  The subject matter for next year’s GSMA wall calendar will be butterflies and moths. I got a head start on this beautiful subject matter when I designed our newest Read more...

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