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mole Mar 15, 2012 8:44 PM

Blooms and Barns
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Last year's spring bloom season was a record for abundance and diversity here in East Tennessee. And it looks like this spring will be another great blooming season!

Have been down many trails recently, checking on bloom times and locations. Here are a few samples.

Bloodroot has sap that's red as blood, but the flowers are pure white. It's a lovely native member of the Poppy family, but the blooms only last a few days. (Any preference among these different DOF's?)

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:46 PM

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These tiny white blooms of the Field Pansy seem to be a favorite of several tiny bee species. Those purplish lines show the bee the way to the nectar (like the drive-through at the fast food place, these are the "buzz-through" signs)

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:49 PM

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Both species of Spring Beauty are at peak bloom right now. The moist woodlands are carpeted with the pink of Carolina and Virginia Spring Beauties. Very similar flowers, but Carolina leaves are much broader than Virginia...

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:51 PM

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Hepaticas are close to the end of their blooming season already. Much subtle color variations among the Hepatica blooms - we recently found a population with mostly pink-edged blooms...

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:53 PM

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Early spring is also a great time to wander the backroads of East Tennessee and enjoy the rural scenery. Have been cycling to and from a number of local schools (sharing nature education), and paused to admire some good old barns.

Here are three views of one - any preferences?

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:55 PM

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Here are two views of a fine little barn close to the home park. One taken with the DA 15 ltd, other with the M 24-35. DA 15 is supposed to be a far superior lens, but both of these look good to me... What do you think?

mole Mar 15, 2012 8:59 PM

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Stopped by the Acuff Chapel on the way back from a school the other day. Have paused to admire (and photograph) this Church before, but wanted to try some different perspectives.

According to this website

"Acuff's Chapel was the first Methodist meetinghouse in Tennessee and the first west of the Appalachian Mountains. The nearest church was one hundred miles to the east, and there were none west of Acuff Chapel. Since there was only one other school within a hundred miles, the chapel was also used as a school for some seventy-five years."

mole Mar 15, 2012 9:00 PM

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Some very interesting gravestones in the churchyard...

mole Mar 15, 2012 9:02 PM

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Will be roaming lots of roadsides (and trails) in the upcoming days, and hope to have some time to share the scenery. Hope your wanderings are good ones, and also that you will share your comments & critique.'

penolta Mar 16, 2012 11:56 AM

Old headstones are always interesting for the poignant stories they tell. These have held up remarkably well - the hard rock must have been tough to carve. I have been in old graveyards where the stones have just weathered away, and the memories lost. Nice posting.

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