First, I have to thank the Facebook group Asheville Plant People for accepting me into their group. If you are in the Western North Carolina Mountains, you should check them out at Asheville Plant People For my experience on October 30, I must thank Luke Tsuga Learningdeer for sharing his extraordinary deep knowledge of plants and the geological history. He has not only knowledge but clearly a deep reverence for these mountains. It was my honor to feel that and share it with the tribe members that participated in this plant walk. Luke explained to us that this area was known to the Cherokees as the “umbilicus of humanity.” The peace that could be felt here is overwhelming.
Here is the trail marker for where we started out from off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
You can check the altitude and GPS location in this photo recorded with the My Altitude app for Iphone.
Here a just a few of the plants that Luke ID’ed and talked about:
Luke, you are such a magician! Who knew you could do this with the spores of Ground Pine:
Cool trick with Ground Pine There is a very interesting history to some of these plants. For instance, the Running Cedar was used a flash in early photography.
The day had to come to a lovely and peaceful end. We had a final peaceful moment together at our spot and I said goodbye to my new tribe members-Nathaniel, Jacky, Lydia, Buddy, Daisy, Rebecca and Alina. If I forgot anyone-sorry! Sometimes I can be as bad at human ID as I am plant ID! Here’s an awe-inspiring sunset from my drive home to My Favorite Place
I am hoping that Luke will place the scientific names of the plants in the comments!