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Old Apr 30, 2010, 7:05 AM   #1
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Spring is such a fun & fine time in our Tennessee parks. Here are some varied views of spring here in the low country, across some recent days...
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Foggy mornings are perfect for the spring wildflowers - like these dwarf crested iris blooms, and this fine cluster of blackhaw blossoms.
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Our resident Cormorants and Black Vultures get pretty wet on foggy spring mornings - and spend much time sunning and drying...
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Box Turtles are wandering a lot these spring days - mostly males in search of females (male box turtles have red eyes, females browner eyes).
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Mid spring is also fungus season. This one is called Cedar Apple Rust - it's a fungus that grows on both Cedar and Apple trees, alternating one host with the other...
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This might look like another fungus, but it's actually a flowering plant - called Bear Corn or Sqaw Root. It's a parasite on Oak roots.
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Another rather odd-looking flower is the Paw Paw bloom. Colored somewhat like meat to attract fly pollinators.
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One of my favorite mid-spring flowers is in full bloom. It's small, but a great color, and a favorite of many spring insects. Called Violet Wood Sorrel... (any preferences among these views?)
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More and more butterflies are emerging each day. Here's a female Falcate Orange Tip, and then a shot of a male pursuing her. It's almost impossible (for me) to get a clear shot of the males - they are always moving, and I'm too slow on the trigger!
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Spring is so green, it even makes our neighborhood old barns look fresh and new!
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