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Old Jul 20, 2011, 6:28 PM   #1
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Been very busy enjoying working at a number of park events, at the home park and also in the Smokies. So these are some photos from more than a week ago, first time have had time to post any.

Enjoyed seeing the Gray's Lily from Roan Mt a few weeks ago, so went up to Holston Mt to check on a more common, but also more dramatic lily.

Arrived early to see the sunrise from the fire tower. Here are several views, some HDR and some not - any preferences?
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Purple-flowered raspberries were in full bloom - a promise of tasty fruit coming soon. Also found some White Bergamot and Widow's Frill blooming in the sunlit openings...
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Swamp Milkweed is blooming down in the marshy areas - a great nectar source for this little wasp and this Eastern Tailed Blue.
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Marshy places are also full of dragonflies - this female Spangled Skimmer let me get very close!
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But the chief goal of this Holston Mt hike was to check and see if the Turk's Cap Lily was blooming. Lilium superbum sure is an appropriate latin name for these superb lilies. And we found them in superb abundance!
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Turk's Cap is probably the largest of our native Eastern US lilies, and is considered threatened or endangered in several states. Here in Tennessee they are not on the official threatened list, but they are getting scarcer - due to loss of habitat and (illegal) collecting from the wild. They are only found in our mountainous eastern counties.

(PS - do you see the "little green friend" on one of these?)
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We had hoped to see some of the yellow-fringed orchid blooming at the Flint Rock bog, but only saw flower buds (a good excuse to return in a few weeks!)
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Hike back down was fine and uneventful - the dogs were in a hurry so we didn't stop for more photos. Hope you enjoyed the hike, and that you will have a chance to enjoy the rich, cool damp Holston Mt forests for yourself someday!

Thanks so much for any comments, critique & suggestions!
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Arrived early to see the sunrise from the fire tower. Here are several views, some HDR and some not - any preferences?
Of the sunrise I prefer the 1st, and of the last group I also like the 1st best, Very nice series.

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Another wonderful set! Yes, I see the little green friend, too.

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