Saturday, April 19, 2014

Becky Branch Falls

After the recent rains Becky Branch Falls is flowing very nicely. It is a year-round falls but, the recent rain has made it even better. I took about 20 exposures of the falls that I will someday stitch together to create a photo of the whole falls in one picture top to bottom. That should be fun.

Vasey's Trilli

At Warwoman Dell the trilliums are not ready to bloom as yet. That is except for one Vasey's Trillium I did not photograph. It was well into the natural garden of trilliums and other wild plants and I was afraid my footsteps would degrade the garden. This is a Vasey's that was nearer the trail. As you can see the bloom is below the whorl of leaves and is a red or maroon color. The Vasey's is nearly as tall as the Large-flowered Trillium. The Large-flowered Trillium is our tallest trillium and has a white flower with a yellow center that blooms above the whorl of leaves. When in the forest take nothing but, pictures and leave nothing but, nothing! Please stay on established trails and leave the forest as you found it. Well, you can take the trash out that less caring people leave.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit


A member of the Araceae or Arum Family, Jack in the Pulpit isn't a Trillium.  Similar to trilliums it is a three leaved plant that usually grows where trillium grow. Today I found several at Warwoman Dell. 

Little Falls

Warwoman Dell is a favorite place to find trilliums in the spring. As usual I couldn't pass up the little waterfall at the end of the trail where the trillium grow. This year I found the Vaseys Trillium are still budding getting ready to bloom. It will be a good year to see Vaseys Trillium. I only found one in bloom and because is was at quite a distance into the bed of trilliums I decided not to venture into the area. Walking into it would have caused the ground to be compacted resulting in fewer trilliums next year. A bed of trillium is a place you don't even what to leave footprints.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cropped Photo of Large-flowered Trillium

The Large-flowered Trillium Trillium grandiflorum is one of the most abundant trilliums in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trilliums spring from bulbs and have a single upright stalk that has a whorl of three broad bracts (like leaves). Each leaf narrows  to a sharp tip. Above the whorl of bracts is a short stalk called a pedicellate bearing a single flower. The flower has three green or reddish sepals and three white pedals that may start off pink or turn pink to red as it ages. In the center of these white petals are six yellow stamens and three very short yellow stigmas. As can be see the plant lives up to the name "trillium" that means tri-flower.

Trillium and Water

Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium Grandiflorum are blooming in most of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We found these last night along US 441 just before the Kephart Trail. Many other species of trillium and other wildflowers are almost full bloom now. It is a good time to go!
These Catesby's Trillium, Trillium catesbaei are almost ready to bloom along the Shortline Trail at Tallulah Falls State Park in Rabun County, Georgia, 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Favorite Wildflower Spot - Trashed!

So, I was out to one of my favorite wildflower spots today to bring you a photo. To say the least when I saw this I became instantly angry! Why do people do things like this when there is a refuse collection place 5 miles away! Hardly a day goes by that I don't find similar foolishness on the part of our uneducated human family. In this case, I did what I felt compelled to do, I took a picture then went and got a couple of trash bags and cleaned it up. I took the cans to the recycling center and thew the trash in the dumpster for trash. Every one talks about a better world. It starts right here! Please share this and talk to anyone who needs educated on the matter.