Tag: Smokies LIVE

  1. Explore the Smokies Canopy in a New Podcast Episode with Author Rose Houk

    Explore the Smokies Canopy in a New Podcast Episode with Author Rose Houk From high above the tallest treetops in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, author Rose Houk asks, “What goes on in the uppermost layers of this forest? Does anything live up there? What creatures big or small live in what’s called the forest canopy? And what is the canopy anyway?”  Houk’s questions about this Read more...
  2. The Obscure Tale of the Appalachian Cottontail

    The Obscure Tale of the Appalachian Cottontail By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  What’s that cute, fluffy animal with long ears hopping at top speed across the top of Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Is it the common eastern cottontail, or could it be the rare Appalachian cottontail? The Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus) is a Read more...
  3. 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...
  4. Why the Great American Outdoors Act Will Be Game Changer Part 2

    Why the Great American Outdoors Act Will Be Game Changer Part 2 By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director On June 17, the Senate voted overwhelmingly (73-25) to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, and now senators and their conservation partners are calling on the House to pass the Senate's bill as soon as possible—possibly during the last two weeks of July.  Part of the reason the Great Read more...
  5. Why the Great American Outdoors Act Will Be Game Changer Part 1

    Why the Great American Outdoors Act Will Be Game Changer Part 1 By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  On June 17, the Senate voted overwhelmingly (73-25) to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, and now senators and their conservation partners are calling on the House to pass the Senate's bill as soon as possible—possibly during the last two weeks of July.  “The Great Read more...
  6. Image for the Asking: Why Come It’s Not a Holler Hardwood Forest?

    Image for the Asking: Why Come It’s Not a Holler Hardwood Forest? Story and image by Don McGowan The dictionary of Appalachian English, courtesy of Wikipedia, assures us that a “cove” is a “valley between two ridges.” It goes on to explain that a “holler” is a “valley between two hills.” Now since ridges and hills can be, and on occasion have been, mistaken for Read more...
  7. "Learning Is Still Alive and Well at the Little Greenbrier School" in Smokies Life Fall 2020

    Besides supporting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the many perks of a Great Smoky Mountains Association membership is a subscription to Smokies Life magazine. Below is a sneak preview of one of the features in the upcoming fall issue. Become a member by July 15 in order to receive a copy in the mail. In 1881, Read more...
  8. Puddling Butterflies: Recalling Cataloochee Swallowtails

    Puddling Butterflies: Recalling Cataloochee Swallowtails Story and photos by Bob Raynor  A black swallowtail butterfly recently presented itself on my garden’s chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). Seeing the butterfly brought back a memory of a gathering of darkly colored butterflies in Cataloochee Valley from almost seven years ago. It was a memory of time spent with family—and a Read more...
  9. Image for the Asking: Standing Still behind a Cloud

    Image for the Asking: Standing Still behind a Cloud Story and Image by Don McGowan Benjamin Morton was a Knoxville businessman, and from 1924 to 1927, he was also the mayor of the city. Such an ardent conservationist and a great supporter of the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was he that an overlook of considerable magnitude on the Tennessee side of the mountains was named in his Read more...
  10. 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...

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