Sunday, August 17, 2014
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).
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Today's trillium I found on the road cut of the upper Tallulah River in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, Georgia, USA. I believe it to be a Bent Trillium (Trillium Flexipes) because of the shape the braces. The flower itself nods below the whorl of leaves. Here I propped it up to show the flower better. Notice the smooth, oval-shaped edge of the pedal. The Catesby's Trillium I posted yesterday is similar except that the petals are wavy and recurved back. Also known as Nodding Trillium, the Bent Trillium antlers are supposed to be creamy white. These, however, are showing yellow in my photo which means I may need to do more research to make sure it is a Bent Trillium.— at Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, Georgia.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
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.
Friday, April 11, 2014
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
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.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
|Sweet White Trillium also at Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail|
We went to Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail in the Pocket of Georgia, (Northwest Georgia, West of Lafayette) yesterday. I thought we were a bit early when I got there. But, then. We found this Celandine Poppy and more. Here is a list of flowers we found blooming.
1. Celendine Poppy
2. Virginia Bluebells
3. Dutchmans Britches
4. Trailing Trillium
5. Large Flowered Trillium
6. Trout Lily
And, many more! Don't wait too long before you go. The best is now until about 3 or 4 weeks. Maybe only 3 weeks.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Laurel Creek Road near the tunnel on the way back from Cades Cove. It was this past Monday. Cades Cove is a great place to see wildlife and enjoy the history of the Smokys. And, from now until June the Smokys will be loaded with trilliums and other wildflowers. Once again it is Trillium Season. More pictures to come. I have found more trilliums in full bloom and I will soon be posting them for your enjoyment.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Over the past few months I have been busy posting to several of my Facebook pages on all sorts of subjects so, if you want to find out what I have been up to, look for me on Facebook.
The photo on the right was taken March 6, 2012 so, you may want to go searching your favorite spots now.