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Old Apr 30, 2010, 6:51 AM   #1
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Had some time last week to check out Flint Rock area, again searching for some rare plant populations. It's a great spot for springtime views too!
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Flint Rock is up on Holston Mountain. At these higher elevations, spring is just beginning - the woods are just barely green, and the mayapples are just sprouting. (A young child on a park hike recently told me that these are frog umbrellas!!)
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Several species of violets are just now blooming up on the mountain, including Canada Violet and Sweet White Violet.
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Holston Mountain is also great for trilliums. Trilliums have three petals, three sepals, three-parted leaves... Here's a red and a painted trillium.
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There's a small mountain bog at Flint Rock. Was hoping the yellow lady's slipper would be in bloom, but not yet. However, there were lots of ferns unrolling, and lots of fetterbush blooming too!
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Stopped off at Sill Branch Falls, hoping all our recent rains would be reflected in the water flow. These falls are high (maybe 80 feet?) but usually just a trickle. A bit more than a trickle now...
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It sure is a pleasure to see the green of spring spreading up the East Tennesee mountains. Hope your season is progressing well too!

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Your parks are a photogs paradise, mole! Super-fine series!
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Excellent Mole...when are you going to publish a Coffee Table book with all these magnificient images???
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Beautiful Mole, just beautiful!
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