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Old Aug 19, 2010, 4:46 PM   #1
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Out checking trails past few days. Noticed a lot of late summer blooms, unfazed by our recent hot dry spell.

Bearpaw bloomed back in midsummer, but started again in several places. The small bees were glad!
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Swamp Milkweed has had a very long bloom season this year. And it sure has been very attractive to many pollinators (bumblebee, clearwing moth, monarch)...
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Did you notice the Monarch's tiny "friend" in that last photo?

Great Lobelia has just started blooming in the marshy areas. Have not seen any pollinators yet, but they will come soon.
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Jewelweeds are also full of blooms in the damp places. Hummingbirds love these flowers, but I have yet to get a good photo of them working the blooms... They're called jewelweed because of the way water beads up on the leaves like little jewels. Also called "touch-me-not," because of the popping seed pods.
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We know that summer is ending when the Goldenrods and Ironweeds come into bloom. In fact, many folks call Ironweed, "Farewell To Summer," because they are a harbinger of autumn's approach.
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Thistle's another late-season bloom here in East Tennessee. And it sure is popular with the skippers!
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Late summer has also brought us another wave of freshly-emerging butterflies. Not sure what these Eastern Tailed Blues were licking off this pebble... Notice the "interesting" behavior in the 2nd photo! (maybe he's trying to tell me something...)
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But I promised some "pretty faces" in this series. How about a pretty Golden Garden Spider - they sure are numerous in the tall meadows these days!
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How about the handsomest faces in the park this time of year - the Black Vultures are getting together in bigger groups again, and enjoying the morning sun along the lake shore.
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Late summer's a busy time out on the trail here in East Tennessee. Hope you enjoyed these glimpses along the way, and that your trails are full of discovery too!

Thanks for any comments, suggestions, and critique!
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