Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lost Worlds of Jocassee

As we approach the latter part of March, I'm starting to think about the rare and beautiful Oconee Bell, a flower native to the northwestern corner of South Carolina.



Oconee Bells, Shortia galacifolia, 3/13/2009


Unfortunately, most of the original stands of the Oconee Bell were wiped out by the development of Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee in the 1960s and 70s.

I am haunted by the image of those expanses of Oconee Bells blooming for one final spring before drowning under the rising waters.


Lake Jocassee, 11/20/09


This CNN video was made in 2009 and I'm glad to see that it is still online. Amazing video on the lost worlds of the Southern Appalachians, and specifically Jocassee Valley:





Debbie Fletcher's website has much more on this story.

1 comment:

Jim Parker said...

Magnificent flower yet another casualty of people choosing to live places that mother nature didn't think they should live.