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Old Aug 4, 2009, 5:38 PM   #1
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Default Summer Blooms on Holston Mt

Yesterday it was sunny, and enough time for a quick trip up Holston Mt and Flint Rock. We stopped at Blue Hole first to visit one of my favorite little waterfalls:
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The first part of the trail up to Holston Mt is old fire roads. The landscape here was covered with several species of Wild Sunflower.
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A brief stop at the firetower to check out the (non-rainy) view.
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Then on to the deep green shady woods along the ridgeline. Deep woods are not the place for summer bloom, but are great for many wild mushrooms.
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There's a little high elevation bog at Flint Rock which is great for orchids, including this yellow-fringed orchid.
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Stopped at an old field on the way back, searching for butterflies. My dogs kept trying to eat them, so it was hard to get a good shot. Here is a very tattered old Spicebush Swallowtail, trying to soak up the sunshine and avoid crazy canines.
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Diana Frittilaries are a much rarer butterfly - my dogs wanted to eat them too! Here is the only one that would pose for me - a very tattered old male. Just for comparison, here also is a female photographed last year (with the powershot)
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Hope you enjoyed the hike. Let me know what you think and how I can improve!
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Wonderful shots - glad you got a break in the rain, you certainly took good advantage of the nice weather. I love the waterfall!
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Beautiful pics, as always Mole. I must get back down to the southern Appalachians again. My last visit was about twenty five years ago.
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