Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:01 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default More Spring Wildflowers

Had some time this past weekend for a few short (5-6 mile) hikes here in the lower altitudes of NE Tennessee. Based on my notes from previous years, the wildflower bloom is a bit slower than usual - probably due to our colder than usual winter. At a quick glance, it might still look like winter, with very little green visible in the woodlands.
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:02 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

But a closer look reveals some new growth - Buckeye is about the first tree to begin leafing, and Turkey Tail Fungus the first fungus to show new growth.
Attached Images
  
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:04 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

Most of our early spring wildflowers complete their life cycle before the trees have fully leafed out, so they can take advantage of sunshine still penetrating to the forest floor. But most are quite small, and take some careful looking.

Here's a Twinleaf about to bloom (called twinleaf because the open leaves look like siamese twins!)
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:05 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

And here's a Toothwort just coming into bloom (called toothwort because the roots look like teeth).
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:06 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

Spring Beauties have also just started blooming. Each flower is tiny, but they will soon carpet the forest floor with delicate pink.
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:07 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

A few of the shrubs have also started blooming. Here's a branch of Alder - the long yellow things are the male blooms, the tiny reddish things are the female blooms, and the cones are from last year's female blooms.
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:09 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

And one of my favorite shrubs just started blooming. Leatherwood blooms only last a short time, but they have a rich spicy scent, and a unique blooming pattern. Called leatherwood because the branches are as tough and as flexible as leather. (An old timey compliment, "That man's as tough as leatherwood...")
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:10 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

Of course with blooming comes pollinators. Saw a lot of butterflies out this weekend, but most were much too "flighty" for this impatient photographer. Here's just one, a Question Mark, a tattered survivor from last autumn.
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:11 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

And one more brightly colored discovery - not a flower but a lichen called British Soldiers (for the red colored tops...)
Attached Images
 
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 2010, 7:12 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
mole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,522
Default

Looking for lots of good rain and a bit cooler this week, so maybe more blooms & butterflies by next week! Hope your new season is also rich in discoveries.

Thanks for any comments/critique!
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 4:55 AM.