Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve

The Trout Lily bloom was a little past prime at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve. There were a few however. The species at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is Erythronium umbilicatum aka, Dimpeled Trout Lily. There are between 20 and 30 trout lily species in the United States and one in Europe according the the website:

One of the first Trilliums I have found this year (2019) is the Chattahoochee Trillium, T decipiens. It is found along the watershed of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. While I am quite confident with this ID, as I'm not a botanist it is not verified officially. 
This second Trillium is a Spotted Trillium T maculatum that I found at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Grady County, Georgia. Many signs in the preserve suggests that this is correct name for this trillium.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Persistent Trillium

This morning continues my search for trilliums. This is a Persistent Trillium I found in Tallulah Gorge this morning. It is on the endangered species list and is only known to grow in four square miles of the gorge.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lazy Elk

Lots of elk last night near Cherokee in the Great Smoky Mountains (about the third clearing after Mingus Mill) and along the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway (several at US 19 & one big bull elk at Mile High overlook Heintooga Ridge Road).
Oconaluftee Elk

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Purple Fringed Orchid, Platanthera grandiflora

Jean (my wife) was on another quest. To find the Purple Fringed Orchid Platanthera grandiflora. So, off we went to the Clingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park because she had read that they were currently blooming there. Sure enough, as we rode along she spotted one and then another. We stopped the car and started shooting photographs of this wildflower.
There are two species and this is the larger of the two. The flowers are approximately 1" wide as opposed to the other, Platanthera psycodes, which is said to have flowers 0.5" wide.
After finding more along the road we continued to the Clingmans Dome parking lot and even found a couple there.
The temperature was in the low 50s and I was still dressed for the upper 80s. Having recently removed my cold weather clothes from the car I decided not to climb to the tower on top of Clingmans dome. Guess I wasn't being a good boy scout. I wasn't prepared!
If you want to see this wildflower the time to go is now. Below is a link where I got some of the information to write about this flower, along with, more information and locations to find it in Western North Carolina.
FYI, the Clingmans Dome road and Appalachian Trial here are on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina but, your cell phone may tell you you are in Kentucky!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trillium Seed

As I noted in the previous post the trillium wildflowers have gone to seed here in the Southern Appalachians. This was one of several on our hike to Gregory Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Monday. It seems we like to look for trillium when they are blooming or before they begin to bloom in late winter. This year I found I also have an interest in finding them after the bloom has gone to seed. Just another interesting season before they are gone for another summer, fall and winter.

Cathedral Rocks, Arizona

Trillium season is about over so, it is time to update this site with more "other stuff". Looking thru my photos a while ago I ran across a lot of photos from our winter trip out west, earlier this year when it was cold here. Still the winter skies here and out there can be an awesome blue. This is especially true in areas of red landforms and where bare, white tree branches enhance the colors. Here in the Southern Appalachians hazy summer days enhance the beauty of the Blue Ridges. Wildflowers are abundant and sunrises and sunsets fill our world with color. As the summer rolls along, looking forward to fall and winter  and spring again, enjoy each of the seasons. Now and then I will throw in a trillium or two for your enjoyment also.