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Old Jun 15, 2009, 6:29 PM   #1
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Another Monday day off well-spend at nearby Roan Mountain - one of the jewels of our East Tennessee region. This includes both the state park:
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(about half way up the mountain) and the top of the mountain - mostly part of Cherokee National Forest.
Main purpose of today's visit was to check out the Catawba Rhododendron. The high country balds here are thick with these, and their peak bloom is usually mid-June. In fact, they have a great Rhododendron festival next weekend.
Got some fair shots between the frequent showers (also got soaked!):
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 6:30 PM   #2
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Flame Azaleas are also abundant up here, and are also at a peak of bloom right now:
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There were many other plants & shrubs in full bloom, including yellow hawkweeds, incredible numbers of bluets, and lots of wild blueberries (a promise of good eating for the humans and the black bears later in the summer!)
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These mountains are so green, thanks to the abundant rain and rich soil. We soaked up a lot of the rain, as did these False Hellebores and St Johnsworts:
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A quick stop on the way back for some lower elevation blooms (Skullcap and Orange Day Lily)
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And another quick stop at one of my favorite (lower elevation) butterfly and dragonfly spots (Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, Great Spangled Frittilary, Slaty Skimmer, and 12-Spotted Skimmer):
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And this one (Eastern Tailed Blue) waiting in the yard!

As always, I would appreciate any constructive criticism or assistance!
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I enjoyed the series. Love that Great Spangled Fritillary image!!! We have a fair share of them here - a favorite of mine to photograph.
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OK Mole, that does it!
I'm going to have to put a band on you posting any more images, you're making the rest of us look bad!


BTW, would you please check your PM.
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These mountains are so green, thanks to the abundant rain and rich soil. We soaked up a lot of the rain, as did these False Hellebores and St Johnsworts:
All of these are superb but, this one is really nicely done!
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