Life is crazy, busy, I know. We get so focused on daily activities that we often forget what a wondrous and amazingly large universe we live in. Occasionally, we get a glimpse of that reality and it never fails to leave us awestruck. Such was the case on June 5, when we were treated to a rare event during which we were able to see one of the two inner planets of our solar system, Venus in this case, pass in front of our Sun, an event called a transit.
A fascinating spectacle occurred on Sunday, May 20, but only viewers in the Western and Central U.S. were treated to the rare annular solar eclipse that evening. Fortunately, I was able to capture it as I was visiting the West Coast on vacation.
“If you are an angler, boater, fish or bug, the Tuckasegee River is better with the Dillsboro Dam removed,” says U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Mark Cantrell. (photo by Gary Peeples, Asheville Field Office, USFWS)
The hummingbirds are back in our area but do they just pass through your garden?
The Nature Conservancy is throwing a series of Work and Learn Parties on everything from nature photography to salamanders.
What: Break out your neon snow pants and radical leg warmers for the Town of Beech Mountain’s Totally ‘80s Ski Weekend. Swish down the slopes just like the guys from Hot Tub Time Machine (think mullets and Members Only jackets). Live music kicks off the weekend with 1980s rockers Buick McKane. A tribute band will […]
Whether you’re an avid outdoors person or just interested in the natural world, experiencing adventure on the big screen sounds pretty good this time of year.
It’s a frigid, snowy day in Asheville, and the Twitterverse is alive with weather related information, from road conditions to cancellations and more. Photo by Zen Sutherland.
The N.C. Arboretum’s Natural Garden Trail has its secrets. No, it’s not a hidden message on the bottom of a hiker’s shoe. (photo by Michael Oppenheim)
The solstice occurs in Asheville at 12:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Dec. 22, marking the beginning of winter. At that moment, the Earth’s axis will tilt the Northern Hemisphere at its largest angle away from the sun, according to Pamela McCown, coordinator at the A-B Tech Institute for Climate Education.
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s 22nd annual awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff.
With the Thanksgiving crowds far away, it was a clear and cool day on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville on Nov 24. This scene: the Cowee Mountains Overlook, with its southward view not far from Waynesville. (photo by Margaret Williams)
Every year, there’s something interesting at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Conference, held Nov. 15-17 this year in Asheville. This time around, a local entrepreneur’s passion for harvesting maple syrup caught my attention.
Brotherhug Barlow, Robbie Sweetser and Jim Hornaday look up at vines in the trees along the Hominy Creek Greenway.
At 5,500 feet above sea level, the clouds often touch Craggy Gardens. And winter comes sooner, as it did Oct. 29. Video by RomanticAsheville.
The lone black bear cub found on the Western Carolina University campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 26, will spend time at a N.C. wildlife rehabilitation facility as part of an effort to eventually release it back into the wild.
What: Romania is quite a trek for vampire lovers, so why not bring Count Dracula’s castle closer to home? Join Transylvania County’s Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard for its 29th annual celebration of all things ghoulish. The festival goes beyond costume contests and a candy bonanza. The afternoon will feature pumpkin bowling, a scary hay maze […]
The chimney swifts are swirling again. They’ve been sighted in Raleigh and Columbia. Their arrival in Asheville is imminent.
Western North Carolina has its share of native stink bugs. But according to researchers at N.C. State, the brown marmorated stink bug isn’t from around here, and that’s a problem.
Although photography was not allowed at Biltmore Estate‘s exquisite Tiffany lamp exhibit (open through Oct. 23), the gardens are open to photographers — and some of the Tiffany lamps’’ themes (dragonflies, butterflies etc.) are in evidence throughout the gardens. From the kitchen gardens to the fish ponds to a great heron in flight, it was […]
More than 3,000 runners and walkers filled city streets for the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, 5K, and Run and Walk.