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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:14 AM   #1
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An East Tennessee tradition - when the dogwoods bloom, expect a cool spell. We've had a cool damp spell the past few days - even some light frost some mornings. Maybe it is "dogwood winter."
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:16 AM   #2
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Lots of other blooms besides the dogwood. Here are some Fire Pinks, Phacelias (a tiny flower), and our native Iris - the Dwarf Crested Iris.
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And some of the more unusual-looking blooms - Stonecrop (grows on stones), and Bladdernut (named for the odd seed pods).
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:19 AM   #4
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This is also the time in spring when the Tent Caterpillars begin to leave their "tents" up in the Wild Cherry Trees, and go off to make their cocoons under logs. It's amazing how many caterpillars come from one little tent!
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Groundhogs are getting fat on all the lush spring green!
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:21 AM   #6
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And spring migratory birds are passing through on their way up north. This Spotted Sandpiper was kind enough to pause for a quick portrait.
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:21 AM   #7
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Looking forward to more cool damp days afield soon!

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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:54 AM   #8
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That's a nice rendition of the Dogwood bloom Mole! They've been blooming a plenty in Kentucky..more so in the central part of Kentucky than north where I am at. I travelled to Lexington and on in to Lebanon a week ago, and they were a sight to behold!

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Very nice series, Mole!
I really enjoy looking at your post, reminds me of our vacation and that I want to get back there.

Lets see, if its a Dogwood winter... is it followed by the dog days of summer?
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The first pick is just exquisite.
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