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Old May 15, 2011, 3:27 PM   #1
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Had a few moments during the past very busy week to explore some wild corners of nearby Greene County Tennessee. This was one of the areas hit hard by our recent tornadoes, and both the people and the landscape will take some time to recover.

But it was great to be able to work with some of the children, and also to see evidences of recovery in the woodlands.

Here is a child enjoying the delicate touch of a Silvery Checkerspot, and another discovering eggs on a Crayfish.
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Greene County is very green this spring - plenty of rain and rich soils...
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Eastern Red Cedars are already ripening their small bluish fruits. And we found some other "fruits" - a fungus called Cedar Apple Rust. It requires both cedar and apple trees to survive. The spores from these orange "fruits" will only infect apple trees, and the spores from the fungus on the apples only infects cedars!
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This male Bluebird was checking out the cedar berries, but flew off to a nearby very green perch as soon as he noticed us watching him.
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With all the rain and green, spring blooms are also abundant in Greene County. Here are some daisy fleabanes - not sure of the name of the fly visiting them...
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Some more Greene County wildflowers - here are Flame Azalea (named for the bright color), Galax (smells like skunk when the sun shines on it!), False Solomon's Seal (leaves look like the true, but flowers at the end of the stalk instead of underneath), and 4-leaf milkweed (a very short & early-blooming milkweed, with leaves in fours)
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There's a little bog in Cherokee National Forest in Greene County where a very strange flower blooms. It's a distant cousin of Jack-in-the-Pulpit called Golden Club. Only grows in shallow, slowly moving waters, and blooms for a short time in mid-may. Here are several views (any preferences?)
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The bog is home to LOTS of dragonflies & damselflies - so many that I think I will put these in a separate thread...

White Clintonia is also blooming up high in Greene County. It's named for a former governor of New York State, but sure looks at home here in Tennessee!
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Showy Skullcap has also just started blooming up in the Greene County high places, as has Mountain Laurel...

(which views of each do you prefer? Does the Mt Laurel with the Mt background work for you?)
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One of the many pleasures of life in the East Tennessee Mountains is that you can go up in elevation, and re-visit the season! For example, Pink Lady's Slipper is already finished blooming here at the lower elevations, but just starting up higher.

(I tried the group of 4 from several angles - any preferences?)
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