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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:53

Laissez les bons temp rouler

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Traveling from east to west, the Mississippi River Bridge is a time portal for me.  I drive for hours squarely…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:53

All in the family — Sunburst Trout Farm

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A crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:10

Changing of the guard

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I believe the annual treks into the Town of Waynesville’s watershed began back in 2007. They have provided a unique…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:43

A climate for change

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Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air…
By Colby Dunn • SMN Correspondent What makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:49

Wrinkles in space and time

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Millions of years ago America and Africa rubbed shoulders and the Appalachian Mountains were created. The ancient Appalachians, at one…
A longer season, a higher quota, shooting over bait piles — these are just a few aspects of the state…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:49

Lighting up the mountains

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I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the…
From wedding planners to elk tour guides to non-profit organizations, the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:24

Repercussions of a government shutdown

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Freedom may not ring Tuesday. At least not from the Liberty Bell. I know, I know, the bell doesn’t ring…
Most people who call up Google Earth are hunting a hard-to-find address or scoping out satellite images of their next…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:26

Serendipitous hawk watch

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The rains came Saturday. It was a good day for a soaker, from my perspective. I had writing I needed…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:23

New forest coalition brings once-rival groups together

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As Brent Martin stared down the barrel of an impending tug-of-war over WNC’s national forests, he dreaded yet another round…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:28

Fall out for the fallout

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Thanks to an invitation from a friend — Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust — I was able…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:25

Cultivating dreams in Appalachia

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Sunshine spills into Jackson County. The warm late summer rays cascade down into the mountains, ultimately flowing into the fields…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:23

Get thee to an eatery

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Sorry, I couldn’t help it – I saw Hamlet at Montford Park this past weekend.  But to be more specific,…
It is a common story — a species once eliminated returns to find not everyone welcomes it back with open…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:32

Owning the autumn sky

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The loud, piercing keee-eeeeerrrr jerks your head up involuntarily to see the essence of wild freedom — a red-tailed hawk,…
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is making use of citizen scientists from around the world to help sort and catalog…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:39

A bird of two tales

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Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James…
By Tyler Norris Goode • Contributor Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel…
While lines of cars zip down the Blue Ridge Parkway and hikers scurry along its zigzagging trails, Graveyard Fields moves…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:01

Wind birds up

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Like the breathing in and out of newborns; like the ebb and flow of the tide, and like the cycle…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:57

A pistol of a shrimp

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Once again, through the gracious hospitality of a dear friend the Hendershot family found itself on the Isle of Palms…
This year’s Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway is hoping to attract nearly 600 cyclists to Haywood County, and leading those…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:11

No this ain’t Dallas

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Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Dallas. And I’m sure that if you like big, hot, crowded…
Sitting at a picnic table alongside the Nantahala River, Charles Conner watches the fast moving water. It’s may be a…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:20

Taking the smart out of growth

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North Carolina House Bill 94 (Amend Environmental Laws) has passed the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. HB…
No, it’s not Aquaman’s preferred mode of commuting; nor the latest urban workout trend or new-fangled underwater gym equipment. The…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:06

Where martins hang

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Purple martin “scouts” are some of the earliest harbingers of spring. I recorded one in February at Black Bayou Lake…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:03

Global warming imperils Golden-winged warbler

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The steady decline of the Golden-winged Warbler on the Southern Appalachian landscape is a trend that not only threatens the…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:06

Carolina birder video bombed

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Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:04

From farm to table

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Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:03

Learn about GNSA

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The regional environmental group Wild South has a hike planned for July 13 into the heart of, what they hope…
Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in…
And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:35

One-night trips into the Smokies

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:37

Like a good neighbor

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The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:29

Bridging the gap between young, old

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With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:36

Serendipitous beach trip

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:26

A hangover of hoverers

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A record-breaking weekend of birding

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:17

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…