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Day trip to Sunburst, NC

Blue swallowtail butterflies. Probably the best kept secret in my neck of the woods is a swimming hole in Sunburst, North Carolina.  It’s about 30 miles to the west of my home, deep in Haywood County, near the Tennessee border.  … Continue reading

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The swamp again!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about a surprising swamp here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.   At the time, I only had a couple of photos not taken by me.   I’ve been fascinated by the swamp ever … Continue reading

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A swamp in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Who knew?

The swamp covered in water lilies.  They don’t appear to be in full bloom.  Photo: John Boyle/jboyle@citizen-times.com)   Yesterday as I was driving east along US Highway 70 headed toward Black Mountain, I passed an unusual sight:  to the immediate left … Continue reading

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Sunday drive to Mount Mitchell.

I had to get out of the house yesterday and clear my head.  I’ve been very upset about the situation with the children at the border. Nature usually calms my soul and centers me, so in spite of the iffy, … Continue reading

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Floodwaters.

This is a local creek.  Due to all the rain we’ve had, many areas are flooded and this creek has turned into a river!   It’s MUCH wider than it is normally. Yes, that is wild bamboo growing on the left. … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day 2018!

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Happy Easter 2018!

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What is crown shyness?

“Crown shyness” is a real term that means the pattern a canopy of trees make against the sky.   They seem to avoid touching, which is responsible for the pattern. One theory is this is due to branches rubbing against … Continue reading

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The extraordinary in the ordinary.

Some things we think of as ugly or ordinary can be beautiful and extraordinary when we see them through the eyes of a photographer, a naturalist, or a scientist. I’m not a scientist, just an amateur photographer, but I deeply … Continue reading

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3 videos to end the seasonal doldrums.

These are amazing videos showing different interpretations of all four seasons.  Even if you hate winter, these make you appreciate how all the seasons have their own beauty and work together for the good of the planet. The second video … Continue reading

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