Dawn breaks this morning on the summit of Satulah Mountain. From my journal, “ancient, lichen-crusted granite beneath me…ruby-throated hummingbirds whirling above, airing petty grievances with furious vocalizations…watching clouds blow across the front of Whiteside Mountain. The small moments are so often the ones most treasured.”
Bee on bee balm (Monarda)
Our first hike took us to Whiteside Mountain to see different plant communities on this ancient granite pluton. We stopped at dripping cliff face, one that will freeze over in great ice sheets in winter. These ice sheets
Julie giving an overview of disturbance history in the Smokies.
Rugel’s Ragwort (Rugellia nudicaulis), found only in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Julie explains the impact of European wild boar and beech bark disease on beech gaps.
Emerging triumphantly in the secret heath bald. Photo by Julie Tuttle.
Nate and Corbin bushwacking through some rhodo on the way out of the heath bald.
Today’s adventure took us off-trail in search of a secret heath bald. Determined bushwacking, which involved some crawling, took us up and into the
Click on the thumbnail to scroll through the photo gallery. Photos are roughly in chronological order, July 20-31st, 2015, for the 9th class of Forest Ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians at the Highlands Biological Station. 891 more words