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Old Aug 8, 2011, 7:13 PM   #1
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Late summer in East Tennessee is rich in life & discovery. Have been "out on the trail" in a wide range of local habitats lately, and wanted to share a few of the many discoveries...
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Many Dragonfly species seem to thrive in the heat and humidity. Here's a banded pennant perched on the water lilies at the fine little lake at nearby Bays Mt Park, and a Tiger Spiketail up on Bays Ridge - far above the lake, but also at Bays Mt. (which view of the spiketail do you prefer?)
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Nearby marshes and ponds are full of Pondhawks on these hot summer days. Here are a male (mostly blue) and a female (mostly green), both perched on cattail leaves...
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Heat and sunshine also seem to be good for many of our native spiders. Here are two of the bigger ones - a Golden Garden Spider, and a Dolomedes spider (she was guarding her hatchlings - can you see them in the 2nd shot?)
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Was out with a group on a park trail, and one of the children noticed a nearly defoliated Dogwood tree. It was full of another late-season "bug" - Dogwood Sawfly larvae. Almost every leaf looked like this one!
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We usually think of spring or early summer as wildflower season here in East Tennessee. And that is usually accurate. But there are some blooms that seem to prefer the heat of late summer. We found some of the purple Passionflower's little yellow cousin (Passiflora lutea) up on Bays Mt the other day, and some Phlox blooming at nearby Laurel Run...
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Back at the home park, Cardinal Flower is just beginning to bloom, and Cranefly Orchid is at a peak of its rather odd-looking bloom. (supposed to attract cranefly males because the blooms look a little like a cranefly, and he pollinates the flower by trying to mate with it!!)
(PS - can you see the "little friend" on the cardinal flower?)
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Late summer is not waterfall season in East Tennessee. If you've seen some of my previous posts from Laurel Run, you might recognize this little waterfall. You can see it's been a rather dry season, at least at the lower elevations...
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Will be "out on the trail" again for most of the next week or two, so not able to stop by here at the forums for a while. But do hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our rich late-summer season in the East Tennessee hills, and that your season is progressing well and safely.

Thanks in advance for any comments, critique & suggestions!
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Beautiful! Be safe out there!
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