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Old Apr 12, 2010, 5:57 AM   #1
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Out at a number of different East Tennesseee parks the past few days. Not a lot of time for photography, but did try to snap a few shots of the progress of the season.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 6:00 AM   #2
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Two different species of Dicentra have come into bloom recently. Both have delicate, almost fernlike leaves, and stalks of small pale flowers. One is called Squirrel Corn - it takes some imagination to think that these blooms look like kernels of corn...
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The other recent Dicentra is called Dutchman's Britches. Do they look like a Dutch person's pants to you?
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It seems that a lot of our earliest flowers are white ones, like these foamflowers. Perhaps white is more attractive to the earliest-hatching pollinators?
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But Wild Ginger is pollinated mostly by ants and beetles that just crawl into the blooms...
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And we're beginning to see more varied colors in the above-ground blooms as well, like these Virginia Bluebells, Wild Gerniums and Spring Larkspurs.
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Here are some of the early pollinators - notice that they are indeed on a white flower (large-flowered Chickweed).
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But here are some of the more recently emerged pollinators.

First some West Virginia Whites:
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And, to finish off, some of our Tennessee State Butterfly, the Zebra Swallowtail:
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It's certainly exciting to see the progress of the season here in Northeast Tennessee. Hope your season is also progressing well, and that you have the time to be out enjoying it!

PS - will be very busy this week getting ready for a park event this weekend, so may not have time to stop by here much. Thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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