Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Great Smoky Mountains - NC,TN - USA - UNESCO #259
I must confess that when I've looked for the first time to this postcard I thought that structure was a huge slide in a water park and only after a while I realized it was a balcony that allows visitors to look at Clingmans Dome (the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains) from above. It was mailed to me by Jess, a postcrosser from Florida that now lives in California (whoa, coast to coast!) - thanks a lot for sending me my 175th UNESCO WHS card, only 806 to finish (slowly slowly catchy monkey!). This postcard took 10 days to arrive!
Stretching over more than 200,000 ha, this exceptionally beautiful park is home to more than 3,500 plant species, including almost as many trees (130 natural species) as in all of Europe. Many endangered animal species are also found there, including what is probably the greatest variety of salamanders in the world. Since the park is relatively untouched, it gives an idea of temperate flora before the influence of humankind.