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North Carolina designated the southern Appalachian brook trout as the official freshwater trout in 2005. Sometimes called "specks" because of their unique spotted appearance, the southern Appalachian brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a genetically distinct species and North Carolina's only native freshwater trout..  Brook trout live under water conditions that are cool, clean and pure and are a favorite of sport fishermen in the cold mountain streams of Western North Carolina.

North Carolina designated the southern Appalachian brook trout as the official freshwater trout in also called "specks.

North Carolina designated the Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii) as the official State wildflower in 2003. This spectacular wildflower grows throughout North Carolina, from the forests and hills of Cherokee County to the coastal swamplands of Hyde and Pamlico Counties.  													The stem of the Carolina lily can grow up to 4 feet high and can have up to 6 flowers at the summit (1-3 is more common). The flower petals are brilliant red-orange with brown spots and curl back to overlap.

Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii) designated as the NC official state wildflower in This spectacular wildflower grows throughout North Carolina, from the forests and hills of Cherokee County to the coastal swamplands of Hyde and Pamlico Counties.

Eastern Box Turtle was designated as the official state reptile of North Carolina in 1979.The eastern box turtle is found along the entire east coast of the U.S. and inland as far as Michigan, Kansas, and Texas. The name was inspired by the box turtle's ability to retract its head and legs into its shell and clamp it shut, creating a protective "box."Eastern box turtles are omnivorous, . Eastern box turtles can live to be over 100 years old (40 - 60 years is the average lifespan in the wild)

The Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) was designated as the official state reptile of North Carolina in Listed as "near threatened" by IUCN;

Duke's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Lucas' favorite mac and cheese so far.

Eugenia Duke created this Southern original, Duke's Mayonnaise, in her home kitchen in Greenville, South Carolina in

CATCH AND RELEASE: My first Brook Trout Painting

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Watercolor, Completed: December 2009 Comments: This was my first painting of a Brook Trout.

James Prosek's recent painting of a male brook trout from the Mill River in fall when

James Prosek’s recent painting of a male brook trout from the Mill River in fall when they are in their spawning colors.

Rainbow Trout  (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The steelhead (sometimes "steelhead trout") is an anadromous (sea-run) form of the coastal rainbow trout (O. m. irideus).

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The steelhead (sometimes "steelhead trout") is an anadromous (sea-run) form of the coastal rainbow trout (O. m. irideus).

After receiving a pardon from Governor Charles Eden, the notorious pirate Blackbeard settled in Bath, NC with his 14th wife, but still maintained his life as a pirate on the high seas. ^cs

After receiving a pardon from Governor Charles Eden, the notorious pirate Blackbeard settled in Bath, North Carolina with his wife, but still maintained his life as a pirate on the high seas.

The WILD Poster a 3 trout poster by Flick by FlickFordFishPrints

The WILD Poster, a 3 trout poster by Flick Ford with a Brook Trout, a Brown Trout and a Rainbow Trout.

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