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Old Jun 11, 2014, 8:23 PM   #1
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t's been a VERY busy beginning to summer season here in our Tennessee State Parks, and I have just not had the time to stop by here for almost a month. Also not much time to process the (far too many) photos from late spring through early summer. But here are a few samples of the rich green life of May in the East Tennessee hills.

Holston Mountain is high enough that the Pink Lady's Slippers keep blooming well into late May. The high elevation wetlands near Flint Rock are especially well-suited to these bright orchids.
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Here's a sample of the view from Flint Rock, looking across to South Holston Lake.
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And here's one of the many White Clintonia lily blooms in the Flint Rock wetlands.
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A little stream distills the fog and rain of Holston Mountain, to feed the wetlands at Flint Rock. It's a perfect place for diverse fern species.
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And all of Holston Mountain is perfect for acres of May Apples.
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One of our native Clematis vines - called Vase Vine - thrives on the dry ridges in late spring.
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Just one more plant - this one from Laurel Run Park. A rather rare and showy member of the mint family called Guyandotte Beauty, which, unlike most forest flowers, blooms well into the shady time of late spring.
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Hope you've enjoyed a few glimpses of these almost-summer blooms, and hoping for more time to process and share a bit more of the rich beauty of our region. Thanks in advance for any comments & critique.
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Very nice Mole, looking at your images reminds me to take a closer look at life
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Lovely shooting. Thanks.
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