While we're on the subject of resources, Kelvin Taylor, co-moderator of Carolinas Adventures, (the hiking group I often mention) created a companion blog for his website, ScenicNC.com.
While Carolina Towns and Trails focuses on outdoor destinations, KT's Exploring Scenic NC takes a peek at the makeup of the state, from geology and soil to weather events, and discusses their significance to the landscape. KT has led several group hikes to local longleaf pine savannas since our arrival, and he has supplied me with information on the natural communities on the eastern side of North Carolina. He's also what several of us refer to as "the resident botanist", so expect information on area plants, wildflowers, and preserves crucial to the ecology of the state.
And his pictures are splendid:
Want more? Go to http://scenicnc.blogspot.com/
Later, I have more to share. KT, in conjunction with Waterfall Rich of NCwaterfalls.com, has created a page on Vimeo. You'll find videos of waterfalls, mountains, kayakers, and more. It's great for people like me who love the mountains, but can't visit as often as they'd like. To watch the videos, go to http://vimeo.com/scenicnc.
It occurs to me that you may be wondering why we go through the trouble of photographing, videoing, and blogging the wonders of the Carolinas, and then turn around and hand that information to you. You know those people who claim they love their work so much they'd do it for free? Yeah, that's us.
Okay, you can go to KT's blog now.