Pedagogy of the Plants

Summer Was a Tempest

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Written by Cameron Brooks

August 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Fallstreak Hole

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During an evening run, a fallstreak hole forms within an altocumulus sheet. According to Wikipedia, the curious formation occurs “when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form, a domino effect is set off due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.”

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

Wilson Lick Ranger Station

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On the way up to Wayah Bald, a stop at Wilson Lick offers hikers a glimpse into the world of Nantahala National Forest’s first rangers. Construction began in 1916.

“It’s a widely accepted principle . . . that you can claim a piece of land which has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, if only you will repeat this mantra endlessly: ‘We discovered it, we discovered it, we discovered it.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

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December 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Parched Hart

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December 20, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Edisto Island Storm

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A blanket of afternoon cloud cover darkens the sky over Edisto Island.

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Written by Cameron Brooks

July 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa

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Written by Cameron Brooks

July 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

American Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum

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Hikers flock to Raven Cliff Falls Trail for the rush of falling water, but a trip in early April offers subtler beauty along the way.

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Since ninety-nine percent of trout lily plants are non-flowering, the illusive perennials pictured above are one-percenters thriving in the mountains of White County.