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Old Mar 18, 2011, 6:57 AM   #1
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Default Yet another early springtime series...

Hoping not to try your patience, but it's been such a lovely almost-spring here in the East Tennessee hills, and so much fun to share the beauty of new life emerging.

We had near-record precipitation in late winter, and a sudden arrival of very warm weather. This is really bringing out the wildflowers in abundance. Here are several views of one of my favorite early season blooms. It's called bloodroot because of the rather thick red sap, especially bright in the roots. Blooms only last a day or two...
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Hepaticas are already past their peak of bloom, and soon will be just a bright memory (and bunches of new seeds). We see more of the pinkish/purplish/blueish blooms now as the white ones are fading...
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We have two species of native Corydalis in our region. The pink one (Corydalis sempervirens) is very rare, and only found in a few spots in the high mountain country. The yellow one (Corydalis lutea) is very common in all of our young forests. It's so tiny that it's easy to overlook, but even the common little things are worthy of our attention...
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These warm sunny days are also bringing out some of the early butterflies. Mourning Cloaks overwinter as adults, and take advantage of early sunshine to come out and drink at the warm puddles...
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And sap dripping from the Sugar Maples makes a tasty snack for the angle wings (Eastern Commas & Question Marks). These butterflies have also spent the winter as adults, but will soon be starting the next generation...

(Notice that the 3rd butterfly has a little "drinking buddy.")
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Looking forward to more fine spring days, and more opportunities to enjoy the awesome Creation at this great time of year. Hope you enjoyed this little springtime stroll through the East Tennessee hills, and will share your comments, critique & suggestions.
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Great to see these lovely shots of blooms & butterflies ! I think that's the nicest shot I've seen of that barn.
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A wonderful series. While I really like the barn picture very much, I can't decide if my favorites are the butterflies or the bloodroot, with the lovely, delicate detail of the petals.
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I like that single backlit Corydalis blossom - very nice. Nice to see the anglewings - We don't see those two out here.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 7:19 PM   #10
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Kevin - So glad you enjoyed these small delights of springtime.

Harriet - Thanks so much! Bloodroots are indeed very photogenic flowers - I've probably taken 100 snapshots of them already this spring. But they only last for a few days...

Penolta - Thanks for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the tiny corydalis and the anglewings!! This looks like it will be a great year for both blooms and butterflies - the very wet winter and sudden warmth are bringing out an abundance...
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