Nature & Agriculture

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War Memorial Stadium

In Greensboro, baseball fans long to see their old red-clay infield revived.
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Our Most Maligned Mammal

Considered bird-feeder thieves by many — and even worse by some — these furry critters are still our cutest state symbol — paws down.
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The Wilderness Poet: George Ellison

At home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, naturalist and writer George Ellison and his artist wife, Elizabeth, find peace and inspiration.
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Flight of Fancy

The cardinal represents North Carolina, but maybe a vanished breed should be our state bird.
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Mount Mitchell

On a Clear Day: Climbing Mount Mitchell

Eight out of 10 days, this view from the top of Mount Mitchell is obscured by clouds. But anytime you stand here, at the highest point east of the Mississippi River, and gaze outward, your perspective will change.
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Atlantic Beach Sunset Over the Ocean

As Sure As the Sun Sets

Come winter, folks in Atlantic Beach head to the water’s edge at dusk for a show that plays out in few other places on the East Coast — a sight you have to see to believe.
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Snow Days

The beauty of a landscape cloaked in fluffy drifts of snow is lost on many Southerners. But for lovers of the white stuff, winter just isn’t the same without frosty flakes.
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Overmountain Vineyard

Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon

In the summer, rows of vines heavy with clusters of juicy, red fruit climb the hills around Overmountain Vineyards. The future, however, looks radically different, thanks to a little white grape from France’s foothills and a winemaker’s revolutionary spirit.
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Ramps

Cherokee Flavor

Best known for its strong scent, the much-maligned ramp is enjoying an image makeover, thanks to its medicinal and culinary potential.
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Mushrooms

Forest Feast

North Carolina’s mountains and foothills support some of the greatest biodiversity in North America — everything from wild shoots and berries to farm-raised crops and cattle. Some grow hidden. Others thrive in plain sight. Many do both.
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