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Old Mar 29, 2012, 8:02 PM   #1
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Default Early Spring Blooms

Although spring in the northern hemisphere is only a few days old, springtime in our East Tennessee hills is progressing at an amazing rate. I've been keeping some phenologic records for about 25 years, and this year we are seeing the earliest-ever bloom time for many wildflowers.

Here are some samples from many different local hikes over the past week or so...

Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) is named for its leaves that look like "siamese twins" joined in the middle. A not-very-common plant, but when you find one plant, you'll probably find a hundred of them. Its lovely white blooms only last a few days.
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Trilliums ("Tri" for "Three" - nearly all the flower parts are in threes) are usually late April through mid-May bloom. But Great White Trillium is already fading, and Little Sweet Betsy Trilliums at an abundant peak.
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"Jack" is already nestled in his "Pulpit," Yellow Violets carpet the forest floor, and Rue Anemone is about done blooming...
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It's been an especially good year for Trout Lilies. We are blessed with several species of these bright blooms, with leaves that are speckled like trout. This year they bloomed like crazy for about a week or so, and then faded in the heat...
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A few more Trout Lily shots, with "visitors" visible...
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Recently found a nice healthy patch of a rather rare wildflower called Spotted Mandarin (Disporum maculatum). Had a hard time getting the right angle and DOF on these - which view do you prefer?
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Spring Larkspur is another mid-season bloom that is coming out much too early. These blooms are full of nectar (down in the spur) that is usually very attractive to the larger butterflies (it takes a long proboscis to reach that nectar). Unfortunately for the larkspurs, our larger butterflies are just beginning to emerge (another complication of this year's unusual weather). Let's hope the flowers don't fade before their pollinators are ready for work!
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This spring has also been about the non-flowering things! Many ferns are unrolling fast, and we've found some luxuriant fungus populations too.
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It will be interesting to see how this amazingly warm, moist season progresses! Sure do hope you enjoyed these "fruits" of some recent local hikes, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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The fern shots are beautiful and weird. How goes your State Park budgets? My sister-in-law and her husband are California State Park Rangers and are seeing serious cutbacks including park closures. My sister-in-law runs a park that has a historic mill and the county along with public support are keeping it open. Hope you're doing better. Great shooting.
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