Tag: Wildflowers

  1. Green With Envy

    Green With Envy Story and photos by Sue Wasserman Jack in the pulpit I don’t remember how old I was when I became enamored of the word “hue.” Thanks to a mom who took my sister and me to the library every week, whether we’d finished our books or not, it’s hard to remember a time when words didn’t hold a Read more...
  2. Wildflowers 101: Rosebud Orchid and the Pink Lady’s Slipper

    Story and images by Tom Harrington Rosebud orchid One characteristic many people possess is being competitive and enjoying challenges. For some, this might be during a game of golf or playing chess or checkers. Or it may be that the challenge you enjoy most is working on crossword puzzles. But did you know there is a most Read more...
  3. Meandering Into Knowingness

    Meandering Into Knowingness Photos by Sue Wasserman White-fringed phacelia The road to knowingness is paved with a whole lot of meandering. As much as I love exploring new trails in the Smokies, I long to find trails with which I can become intimately acquainted, too. Porters Creek is becoming one such trail for me. I happened upon it several years Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Trout Lilies

    Wildflowers 101: Trout Lilies Story and images by Tom Harrington Perhaps, like me, you have been amazed at the various shapes and designs of wildflower blooms and leaves. Trout lilies and yellow trilliums have particularly notable leaves. No doubt you have seen military personnel on news reels or maybe in a convenience store buying coffee on a Saturday morning as they Read more...
  5. Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal

    Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal Story and images by Tom Harrington Perhaps, over the long winter, you have been like me, eagerly awaiting wildflower season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Already a few wildflowers, like spring beauties, hepatica, long-spurred violet, star chickweed, and trailing arbutus, have been found in bloom on some of the trails Read more...
  6. Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing

    Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing Photos by Sue Wasserman Don’t you love when obscure, long-ago memories bubble up to the surface? I was walking on a trail the other day when a doozy of one brought a chuckle to my lips. I was taken back more than two decades to a conversation with my sister-in-law who was about to give birth to her first son. She told my brother and me Read more...
  7. Finding the Gifts in the In-Betweens

    Finding the Gifts in the In-Betweens Photos by Sue Wasserman Frost in the morning, wood frogs chortling in the afternoon. This in-between time of year never fails to intrigue me. There are countless mornings the Smokies seem unwilling to release their grip on winter, gloating while painting early mornings in crystalized white. Bundled in layers, though, I’m relatively Read more...
  8. Permanent Camp: Spring Ephemerals

    Permanent Camp: Spring Ephemerals Image of George and Elizabeth Ellison by Quintin Ellison By George Ellison Among the early woodland wildflowers is a distinctive group categorized as spring ephemerals. It is one of our most interesting plant groups, one that numbers some of the most showy, renowned, and interesting Blue Ridge wildflowers: trout lily, squirrel Read more...
  9. Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed

    Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed Images by Sue Wasserman One of the things I appreciate most about nature is how there’s always something new to experience if I’m open to the possibilities. All that is required of me is a little attention and some well-timed serendipity. I had both in spades the day I noticed a patch of milkweed with seed pods that were Read more...
  10. Wildflowers 101: Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady’s Slipper

    Wildflowers 101: Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady’s Slipper Story and images by Tom Harrington As the 2021 Great Smoky Mountains wildflower season rapidly draws to a close, let’s go back and discuss two adorable orchids—the showy orchis and the yellow lady’s slipper. Yellow lady's slipper The showy orchis, or showy orchid as some call it, grows from six to eight Read more...

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