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.

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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.

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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.

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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.