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Old Apr 29, 2014, 9:07 PM   #1
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Default Frozen Head Wildflower Hike

Had the opportunity to lead a wildflower hike over at Frozen Head State Park a few weeks ago. It's an amazingly rich and diverse park and Natural Area - it would take a lifetime to explore all of it! Here are a few snapshots, taken while I was checking out my assigned trails earlier in the day.
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Plenty of massive sandstone rocks at Frozen head, and some amazing folded strata.
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And sandstone makes for some fine little waterfalls. Here's Debord Falls, probably the best-known waterfall at Frozen Head.
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And one of the innumerable "mini-falls" at the park - this one is along a side stream that feeds Judge Branch.
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Wildflowers were abundant this April day, and early heavy fog made for some nice wet flower photos. Here are two of the many abundant Violet species - Sweet White Violet (tiny and sweet-smelling, and Long-Spurred Violet (nectar is back in the long spur - it takes a long-tongued insect to reach it).
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We found a number of Trillium species at Frozen Head. As you might guess from the "tri" in their name, trilliums have floral parts in threes. Here are two of the sessile-flowered species - Red Sessile Trillium (Trillium sessile) and Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum)
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And here are two of the stalked-flowered species - Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) and Nodding Trillium (Trillium flexipes). (can you spot the little insect friend on the second Nodding Trillium photo?)
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There are many more Trillium species at Frozen Head than at my home park, and I'm still learning the species... But this flower is an old friend. Dwarf Crested Iris is abundant in forests across most of Tennessee. It's a lovely, tiny Iris that thrives in the cool and damp of early springtime.
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Just two more spring blooms from Frozen head - a Wild Geranium and a Wild Blue Phlox - both native cousins of some common garden flowers.
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Hope you enjoyed this brief tour. Am hoping to find some time to return to Frozen Head for some more extended hiking - hope you can get there to enjoy this fine wild place too!
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