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The natural wonders of the Southern Appalachian Mountains have enticed naturalists and explorers for centuries. Waterfalls, in particular, captivate adventurers, hikers and photographers, some with their tranquil beauty and other with their raw power.

Writer, speaker, and botanist Timothy Spira will give a presentation about “Exploring Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Swannanoa Valley Museum. The trails leading to these waterfalls are frequently bejeweled with wildflowers. Spira’s talk will point out a selection of flowers hikers might encounter on a waterfall hike in the Southern Appalachians.

A professor of biology at Clemson University, Spira is a popular speaker who has written natural history guidebooks to the southeastern United States focusing on native plants and natural communities.

The University of North Carolina published his most recent field guide “Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian: Thirty Great Hikes” this March. In it, Spira aims to enrich the hiker’s experience through interpretive hike descriptions, maps, photographs, lists of the seasonal species for each hike, and descriptions of more than a hundred plants.

Admission to the museum and this presentation are free. Spira will have copies of his books available for purchase. For more, visit swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call 669-9566.

Waterfalls and wildflowers

Who: Timothy Spira

When: 2 p.m. June 27

Where: Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain

Cost: Free

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