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Old Aug 31, 2014, 7:54 PM   #1
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Default Foggy Day at Firescald Knob

Was up at Firescald Knob recently, mostly checking on the Turk's Cap Lily population, but also enjoying a fine foggy hike.

It was indeed a misty damp morning, perfect for foggy views from White Rock.
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Fog and damp were just right for this white-lipped forest snail too - and perfect for his mossy snack...
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This is rather remote corner of the Appalachian Trail is right on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, and much of it is close to being temperate rain forest.
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We enjoyed some blooming trilliums there just a month or so earlier. Now the trillium flowers had ripened to fruit. The red ones are Painted Trillium, the dark one is Red Trillium (named for the flowers, not the fruits).
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We chose the right day for lilies. Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum) is indeed a superb lily, with sometimes as many as a dozen or more blooms on one 6 foot tall plant!
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Here's a shot to showcase their mountainous habitat...
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And here's a shot to show the best way to distinguish Turk's Cap from Michaux's lilies. Turk's Cap has a green "star" pattern at the center of the underside of each bloom. Michaux's (which grows in drier habitats and has fewer blooms) lacks the star. (Will post some Michaux's Lilies from another hike soon).
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Hope you enjoyed the hike, and that you'll share your comments & critique.
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