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THE BEAUTY OF THE DRAGONFLY´S MATING DANCE

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen Times Lounging on the dock at Ticoa Dam in Connestee Falls, I´ve often been entertained by the dance of the local species of dragonfiles.  I have seen the Green Darners, which George Ellison writes about below.  But more often here at Connestee, on the streams and on the lakes, I´ve…

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BRING MORE HUMMINGBIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN…

Source:  Lyndall Noyes-Brownell/Black Mountain News/USA Today Network My personal experience with trying to attract hummingbirds to my decks in NJ, PA, SC, and now Brevard, NC, has been interesting and varied —  mostly according to the types of Uninvited Users that hummingbird feeders attract in different places.  Raccoons love to tip everything over and lap …

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LADYBUG, LADYBUG, WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?

  Source:  ASAP/Special to Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Network ¨Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away  home!  Your house is on fire, and your children will burn!¨  Eek! I remember these first few lines of a childhood rhyme I used to recite.  It´s every bit as creepy as many of the other fairy tales and childrens’ verses (Mother Goose…

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TRIPS TO ASHEVILLE…

Source:  MacKensy Lunsford/Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Netword Trips to Asheville, that most famous and popular city these days, has become a regular event for many of us who call Brevard, NC home.  It´s just about an hour trip north, using the main drag out of Brevard, Route 280, which joins up with Interstate 26 near the…

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ADVICE FOR SUCCESSFUL CONTAINER GARDENING

Source:  Lyndall Noyes-Brownell/Guest Columnist/Asheville Citizen-Times Excerpts from guest columnist articles  in our Asheville newspaper are usually interesting and supply good background material for local subjects of interest.  As I am an avid, wannabe container gardener, with very little luck so far (in my case, mostly shade problems), I´m guessing there may be other frustrated local…

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FEW SPOTS in PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST HAVE LIFEGUARDS

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Network Excerpting just one of many recent articles from local newspapers about waterfall safety below.  Why?  An unpleasant, somewhat repetitive subject?  Indeed.  However, in view of the fatalities — more this year at Transylvania County´s waterfalls than in almost all other years — the subject bears repeating.  This peripatetic writer,…

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BEAUTY & WONDER, RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD!

Source:  Nature Journal/George Ellison/Asheville Citizen-Times Here are excerpts from a nature article by our favorite columnist.  George and his wife, Elizabeth, a watercolor artist and papermaker, live in Bryson City, NC.  George always gets into the nitty-gritty of our natural world here in the mountains of WNC, and his articles are always a joy to…

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TIPS FOR PREPARING AN EMERGENCY KIT

Source:  Melissa Dutton/Heather Kretzer/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times Last time we opened the glove compartment to get a BandAid for a hiking blister, the little plastic box with the red cross on it hadn´t been opened for so long, the lid got stuck.  The innards were in poor condition, as well as out-of-date.  Maybe it´s time for…

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BEWARE DRIVING DELAYS ON BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times For three seasons of the year, (excepting winter), the Blue Ridge Parkway is a boon to nature lovers in our area.  Nothing is much more pleasant than taking a nice drive on the Parkway on a beautiful day, an experience not lost on locals as well as the millions of visitors…

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LOCAL SCIENTISTS STUDY GEOLOGY OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

Source:  Brooke Burrows for The Transylvania Times For those of us who live in the French Broad River Valley, the river is an ever-present and ever-changing entity.  The face of the river changes daily.  Some days, it is clear as a crystal.  The next day, after a summer shower, it has quickly filled with silt-laden…

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