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Old Jul 4, 2012, 5:52 PM   #1
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Between the "busy-ness" of the heat of East Tennessee summertime, took a quick trip up Firescald Knob recently. Main purpose of trip was to check on some rare plants that thrive here at the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

Our trip was rewarded with some fine views across the green landscape...
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We also found some very lush, ancient forests. A land not too damaged by recent heat and drought, because of the abundant springs and the moisture from frequent localized storms.
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We were also successful in finding several populations of the rare plants in question. Here is Eastern Turkeybeard (Xerophyllum asphodeloides), a threatened species in Tennessee.
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And here's Rock Harlequin (Corydalis sempervirens), an endangered species in Tennessee.
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I've posted far too many photos from Firescald Knob in previous threads, so won't bore you with many more! We had a great day hiking in the high country, and were so glad to see the success of some rare plant protection. Hope you also enjoyed a few glimpses of the trip, and that you will share your comments & critique.
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Another lovely series! All those green hills/mountains look SO inviting, everything is so brown and dry right now. It's going to be a very long summer, I'm afraid. So keep posting all that green stuff, to relieve the boredom of the brown.
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With drought reaching 56% of the USA it is indeed nice to see these lush green scenes. The rock Harlequin flowers are #1 for me but all the shots are great.

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Another great series mole. Always enjoy browsing your wildlife/flora/fauna photos.
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Harriet - Glad you enjoyed our green East Tennessee hills. Our brief drought is over with some recent very powerful storms, but never was near the drought that many have been facing this summer. Will post some more green landscapes soon...

Lou - We have indeed been blessed here with only moderate drought. Glad you enjoyed these, and hope you'll have a chance to hike Firescald Knob and see some Rock Harlequin for yourself!

Mike - Thanks so much!!
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