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Old Aug 24, 2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default Some Birds and Blooms

It's been a great end to the summer season here in the hills of East Tennessee - pleasant temperatures and several good rains. This has made for fine conditions for our late-season blooms, and for spotting some birds "out and about."

Joe Pye Weed is a typical almost-autumn flower of the damp meadows. Said to be named for a Native American who used the plant for some medicinal purposes...
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Many of our late-season blooms are bright yellow and full of sticky pollen - to attract the abundant wasps and such. Here are two good examples, Bear Paw and Goldenrod.
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Some Lilies and Orchids bloom late. Here are two with the theme of flies!! First is a lily called Fly Poison (can you guess why?) that's about done blooming. And the orchid is called Cranefly Orchid. Supposedly, the blooms look enough like female Craneflies to attract males. When the male Craneflies try to mate with the orchid, they end up spreading its pollen instead!
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Teasel is a non-native plant in our area. The seed heads were an important part of the felt-knapping industry years ago. Now they are a common roadside plant across our region...
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Just one more late-summer bloom - Ironweed. Local common name is "Farewell to Summer" because of the bloom time. (Local school children dread to see it blooming!)
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And a few late summer birds...
Little Green Herons are here all summer long, but will soon be leaving us for points south. I have yet to get a good photo of these shy little birds, but here are some OK snapshots...
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Great Blue Herons have been shier than usual this year. Here are some typical distant poses. (PS, got a good close-up day before yesterday, but have not had time to process it yet...)
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Just one more bird for now. To go along with the fly poison and cranefly orchid, here's one of our common Flycatchers. Phoebes do eat flies, mosquitoes and such. They sing their name all day long, and are usually very shy (at least, very shy of this noisy photographer). Finally found a rather cooperative one in the home park's campground, and managed a few quick shots.
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Hope you enjoyed a few late-summer plants and "feathered friends" from the hills of Tennessee, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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That last one is epic.

What is that last flower pic you posted?
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