Archive for the ‘Mountains’ Category

Fog rivers

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Got up early and watched fog rivers rolling from the little porch off our room off the Parkway.


Fall color series

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Traveling again at last.

Am recently returned from a long day in the upper mountain counties with a botanist friend. Posts coming about that, but first a few examples of this fall’s color and other sundries collected on Saturday and on a Parkway drive last weekend. Up first, the rose hips of Rosa palustris Marshall — the Swamp Rose, photographed Saturday, Oct. 13 in Allegheny County. Following that a striped maple near Linville Falls photographed Oct. 7 and cranberries and sphagnum also photographed Oct. 13 in Allegheny County.


Black and White Forest

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

This August, during a visit to Tater Hill Bog, just outside of West Jefferson, I headed up the hill and into the woods with a couple of botanists in search of a seep. It was an eerie place with large boulders and lots of moss, lichen and various other growth affixed to the trees and rocks.




Seep areas around Tater Hill. Photographed in black and white early August, 2006.

If I wasn't stuck at home I'd be . . .

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Watching the trout race at Great the Smoky Mountain Trout Festival in wonderful Maggie Valley.
We’ve got quite a trout heritage here in the Old North State and some fine remaining streams. But those TVA and Ohio Valley smokestacks keep cranking out the acid rain-causing hydrocarbons and people keep building right up on the buffers. Then there’s the problem with non-native crayfish and, of course, logging.
So give it up for the trout and the people who love ‘em—they’re having to put up a hell of a fight.