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Old Aug 17, 2016, 6:49 PM   #1
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Just some random scenes and details from the home park this past July…

It's been a banner year for White Tailed Deer here in East Tennessee - I think we need more predators!
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It's also been a great year for Eastern Box Turtles. This one was waiting patiently to cross the road (I gave her a little help after the cars passed). You can tell it's a female - male Eastern Box Turtles have red eyes, females have brown eyes.
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And the home park's Raccoon population is also burgeoning. They look so cute when they're small, but they sure can grow to be quite destructive…
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Black Vultures thrive near the home park's lake. Fishermen leave them plenty of "leftovers."
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This Little Green Heron was very shy. ("that's as close as you get buddy!") I got some much better LGH photos (closer and a more natural setting) recently, but have not had time to PP them yet.
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Common Milkweed is about done blooming for the year, but even the last few blooms are attractive - just ask this Tiger Swallowtail!
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But this American Lady butterfly would rather lick aphid ooze off the blackberry leaves…
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Will end with a few midsummer plants. You can see where Maidenhair fern get its name, if you imagine a girl's head in the center, with the lovely green hair flowing out…
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Common Mullein is a biennial. First year plants are a fuzzy rosette of leaves, 2nd year plants grow the tall flower stalk. Ripe seeds can persist in the soil for MANY years, ready to sprout when touched by sunlight. So they are designed to grow in places that receive occasional disturbance.
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And finally, our Tennessee State Wildflower - Passionflower. Named because it was used by early missionaries to show symbols of Jesus' Passion. Also an excellent nectar source, food for a number of caterpillars, and edible fruits as well.
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