Rare ‘Monkey-face’ Orchid Protected By Endangered Species Act After 41 Years on Waiting List

‘Monkey-face’ Flower Protected After 41 Years on Waiting List

WASHINGTON— (The Center for Biological Diversity Press Release 9/15/16) Under an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, a 2-foot-tall orchid hanging on in small populations in six southeastern states was… 424 more words


Black Mountains at Twilight

Driving west on Interstate 40, I was treated to a most glorious twilight as I approached the Black Mountains.

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Our Wedding Day

Tom and I’s wedding day was filled with a lot of love. Love between he and myself, of course, love from all of our family members that did so much to help us out and make sure it was the most perfect day and love from everyone else that could make it to our wedding. 412 more words

Western North Carolina as Biodiversity Hotspot

Do you even know the names of the trees in your backyard?

I came across that question in an article written by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, a biologist and professor of environmental studies at Brevard College.   207 more words

Life In Asheville

Harvest Time in Apple Country

North Carolina is the fourth largest apple growing state, and the vast majority of that fruit comes from the valley just east of Hendersonville in a micro climate district known as the Isothermal Belt,  because warmer days add weeks to the growing season. 361 more words

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New York--Beyond the City--Take a day trip to Mohonk Mountain

If you have never been to New York, you will probably focus all or most of your attention on touring city landmarks, which of course is a life-changing experience, but if you have a day or two to spare, and are the outdoorsy adventurous type, you would definitely enjoy a day hiking or rock scrambling at Mohonk Mountain.  231 more words

Travel Tips

Almost Heaven: Bear Rocks and Bogs

We came to the end of the road – and found a trail.

To the north of the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in West Virginia lies Bear Rocks, a spectacular outcropping of white sandstone and quartz perched on the Allegheny Front. 722 more words