Pedagogy of the Plants

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Tiny Truffala

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Mimosa strigillosa

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 27, 2020 at 7:24 am

Ephemeral Ghost Pipe

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Monotropa uniflora

The illusive rows of ghostly flowers are actually a fungus feeding on fungi that’s feeding on tree roots. They’re epiparasites, or parasites sourcing nutrients from other parasites.


Monotropa unifloraHiawa

Eastern Native American tribes once used ghost pipe as an anticonvulsive and painkiller.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

June Foraging

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Cantharellus cibarius

A bike ride to a secret spot off South Milledge reveals a neon patch of orange on the forest floor. Click here for a simple and delicious recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Sabal Roots on Rattlesnake Island

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Sabal palmetto

Don’t they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Nantahala National Forest Pollinator Party

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Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Kudzu Bloom

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Pueraria lobata


Pueraria lobata

Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

Antigua Black Pineapple Farm

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Pineapple Farm in Saint Mary Parish, Antigua


Ananas comosus

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Beach Morning Glory

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Ipomea pes-caprae


Summer Storm Over Ormond Beach

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

Chance Encounter Under the Overpass

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Odocoileus virginianus

Amidst kudzu and trumpet creeper, a doe stands sentry high above the North Oconee Greenway on a Sunday afternoon.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

Curry and Eggs

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Murraya koenigii

Murraya koenigii (and Halyomorpha halys)

A curious array of stink bug eggs is almost tossed into a pan of shimmering olive oil. Once apparent, they’re returned to the potted plant. Hopefully the compassionate act doesn’t end in the decimation of beloved leaves.

Click here for the vegan pozole recipe these tiny orbs almost joined.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Metro Vines

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Written by Cameron Brooks

June 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

South African Aloe

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Aloe mutabilis

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 16, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Bolivian Bromeliad

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Deuterocohnia brevifolia

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Henna Seed Pods

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Lawsonia inermis (henna)

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Sprawl-Like Venation Patterns

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Carica papaya (papaya)


Papaver somniferum (opium poppy)


Abroma augustum (devil’s cotton)


Cocos nucifera (coconut tree)


Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon)


Theobroma cacao (cacao)


Kudzu Vista

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Kudzu On the Tracks

The latest section of greenway spits cyclists out near Lexington Road. A short ride west under Loop 10 leads to the now-vacant homeless camp called Tent City, which sits on one of many recently clear cut and mulched embankments around town. Hike up to the top of the hill, past a handful of abandoned huts and peek under the overpass for an incredible view of kudzu blanketing a stretch of buried railroad.

Written by Cameron Brooks

May 26, 2018 at 11:53 am

Tent City

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On the morning of the last day of school, one of my students pulled me aside and discreetly mentioned, “This weekend we’re moving to a place called The Salvation Army.” I explained where it’s located and talked it up as a place where they’ll be well-taken care of until they have to move again (a familiar ritual). After our conversation, I wondered how the residents of a local homeless camp were faring given recent destruction of woodland habitats, and recalled my first visit to Tent City.

I drove across town to join a small hodgepodge of volunteers from Athens and Atlanta in a Lowes parking lot on the morning of January 6th, 2008. The meeting was organized by an Atlanta-based nonprofit called The Mad Housers. We drove two miles west to Tent City on Lexington Road, a homeless camp tucked into the woods along a stretch of Loop 10.

Wielding tools and panels constructed the day before, we hiked up a shady trail dotted with tents and rudimentary lean-tos in varying states of disrepair. It was hard to discern which were occupied and which ones were abandoned. Once the path leveled a bit, a gentle war veteran named Radar greeted us with firm handshakes. He was the reason for our visit.


Radar and the rest of our crew spent the next few hours chatting while building his new home, the now-vacant hut pictured above.


The Mad Housers returned to Tent City and built more homes over the years. Radar passed away, then a woman named Sissy shared the hut with her ailing mother.



Now everyone is gone. Crews contracted by the Georgia Department of Transportation are in the process of felling trees and clearing undergrowth alongside major roadways. According to a piece on the WUGA website, the project “pushed back the tree line to reduce shadows on the road and ensure falling trees wouldn’t disrupt traffic in storms.”

Whether it’s a mom unable to pay rent and utilities, a chipmunk or garter snake seeking refuge from predators, or military veterans and the mentally ill seeking shelter, the DOT has disrupted more than a few fallen trees and shadows on the road ever could.



Written by Cameron Brooks

May 26, 2018 at 11:47 am


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A futile dune and sea oat array in Flagler County now protect residents and wayward tourists along a stretch of A1A from the Atlantic Ocean.


Written by Cameron Brooks

March 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Leaf Flock

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Written by Cameron Brooks

December 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Dora Canal Dock

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Dora Dock

Written by Cameron Brooks

December 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm