All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

The high elevation spruce - fir forests in the Smokies are like being in Canada. I love the fragrant aroma of the Balsam firs! Unfortunately, acid rain and the  adelgid, a sap-sucking aphid-like insect, have taken a toll on the trees of these forests. ...
The high elevation spruce - fir forests in the Smokies are like being in Canada. I love the fragrant aroma of the Balsam firs! Unfortunately, acid rain and the adelgid, a sap-sucking aphid-like insect, have taken a toll on the trees of these forests. These thick, dark forests seem like they could have gnomes, sprites, fairies, or some other little forest spirits hiding in them!

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