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About Asheville (Buncombe County and Surrounds) North Carolina~ Adventures in the Dazzling Provinces of the Blue Ridge (1)..

 

 

I awoke this morning to the call of a mockingbird. Then a cardinal pair sang the sun up. As the days shorten and cold weather gets ready to descend upon the mountains, the Dance of the Princely Paw Paws  begins. And I too begin this series of adventures in the Appalachian mountains told by "fireside"...stories of our bioregion , the Dazzling Provinces of the Blue Ridge Mountains .

Possibly better known as the  Greater Asheville (Buncombe County) North Carolina area, this is a  land of refined mystery and beauty. As we journey through time and territory the magic of this area will reveal itself to you. ...a sense of place so magnetic that few who visit or are lucky enough to live here are untouched... . Magic happens here ...The world can look different through green glasses, so find a pair to don and we're on our way! I'll take you to some of my favorite places, powerful spots with awesome vantage points including the following (and maybe a few more!):

•A.      Appalachian Trail - Big Bald  •B.      Bartram Trail - Franklin,. N.C.  •C.      Grandfather Mountain 
•D.      The French Broad River  •E.       Blue Ridge Parkway- Greater Asheville
•F.      Where North America and Africa Meet     •G.      And maybe a few more

Along the way, I'll tell the story of the original mystical inhabitants who (it is said )lived here long, long, long ago...even before the Cherokee ... how our mountains were formed, what rocks and minerals you can find along the  trail, the types of soils in the mountains, what causes them to erode, and what you can do about this  I'll tell you about  the water systems and water routes and how they affect our habitats. I'll point out the grand and lovely trees that grow here (more species of trees grow in the Blue Ridge than all of Europe!) ...and what happens to ecosystems when we don't play by the rules of  sustainable forestry.  I'll even tell you about the bear paths and migration routes of animals you may see and later tell your own stories about... And, I'll tell you about our weather patterns and how elevation  plays a role in the weather in Western North Carolina.

But first a little folk history  ...  Mysteries abound in Guaxule (the Cherokee name for Asheville) where I make my home and help others to settle. Legend has it that the Cherokee who have lived in this area for a very, very long time, certainly for hundreds of years before the Scots-Irish and other European settlers first arrived,
were still not the first to grace our mountains and valleys. LEGEND has it that....in this land beyond time,
tiny-tiny-tiny people with 'almond shaped eyes'  played in the streams around what is now Asheville.  Seems like everyone prizes this land. (I'm smiling.)

  • Take a look at this link. If YOU  spot any tiny-tiny wee people, let me know.
  • Live-Photo.com  Asheville Downtown  
    - Live Image of Asheville Updated every minute.  

Here in the Southern Appalachians, an area of incredible beauty, diversity of life, and culture, I feel fortunate to be a real estate professional because in my daily travels, every day I learn more about our land and peoples and about the natural world ...Should you choose to live here,  maybe you will also fall in love with this place and care about providing it with a sustainable future.  This series is just a jumping off place for beginning to understand the complex community of plants and animals inhabiting this ancient land and the role we all play in shaping the present and future natural communities of the Blue Ridge bioregion.

Fiction or Fact?  Lungless salamanders are found in abundance in Western North Carolina.

 

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Hope to see you again soon!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
You certainly create a picture! I even remember the sounds of the mocking birds that would wake me up every morning when I lived in Tennessee.  We have a few mocking birds that sing to us from our chimney top here in Florida, but they're not nearly as predictable.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago

This is a great snapshot of the area janeanne. And where could one learn more about the tiny-tiny-tiny people with 'almond shaped eyes? Is this part of the Cherokee legends?

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) about 12 years ago
One of the most interesting local area descriptions I have read. Great sense of fun and history. Thanks! I hope you wil write more on local lore. Let me know and I will check back.
Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago
Sharon...Asheville is the Welcome Home City :-)
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago
Bill...Thanks for your comment. Glad you liked the "snapshot"...and you might have to go far, far, far from Terra to find more about those wee creatures :=)
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago
Thanks for your comment, John... I will write more local lore!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago
janeAnne  I noted with joy your comment "I'll point out the grand and lovely trees that grow here (more species of trees grow in the Blue Ridge than all of Europe!)".  I lived in Southern California and in Patagonia, Az., both of which are desert climates.  Certainly there are trees growing in those regions....But not like the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  For anyone who loves to be among real trees this is one of the most special places on this earth.
Posted by Sami Forrest (Eco-Steward Realty) about 12 years ago

Sami~

I wrote this post  a year ago...almost to the day! Here it is 367 days later, and I found it again...along with  a comment I made that you enjoyed, " "I'll point out the grand and lovely trees that grow here (more species of trees grow in the Blue Ridge than all of Europe!)".  ...and I'd like to reiterate that...and that it still applies =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Hi janeAnne,  I like that picture...and the one you painted with words.  I can't wait to visit Asheville one day.  Through reading your posts, I know it is absolutely gorgeous!
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 11 years ago

You certainly know how to paint and also sculpt a experience. I can visualize and sense the beauty of the forests in the Asheville area. I had no idea that more species of trees grow in the Blue Ridge than all of Europe! I sometimes forget we live in a rain forest. Temperate rather than tropical, but a rain forest nonetheless. And regardless of concern for the Amazon Forest we should be concerned about keeping as many trees intact as possible right where we are living.

Posted by janeAnne over 11 years ago

UPDATE:

Mysteries abound in Guaxule (the Cherokee name for Asheville) where I make my home and help others to settle. Legend has it that the Cherokee who have lived in this area for a very, very long time, certainly for hundreds of years before the Scots-Irish and other European settlers first arrived,
were still not the first to grace our mountains and valleys

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
JaneAnne ~ WOW! girlfriend, you have been busy! I have been reading you ALL Night! Sorry, no little people on the screen tonight. I see some lights shining but it's too late to see the sidewalks. I will have to check back tomorrow! You make history come alive! Where were you when I took my HS American History class? I absolutely LOVE history but that particular teacher made me question why! You are awesome! Thanks for your dedication and your views!
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago

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