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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:10 PM   #11
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This is a very common summer flower of the lower elevations - Black Eyed Susan. It's everywhere in the sunny meadows here in East Tennessee.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:11 PM   #12
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Here is its somewhat less common cousin called Brown Eyed Susan. Blooms a bit later, for a shorter time, and has smaller flowers.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:12 PM   #13
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How about a few native orchids? Here's one of the commonest - Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (called "plantain," but actually an orchid).
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:12 PM   #14
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And its smaller, MUCH rare cousin Lesser Rattlesnake Plantain.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:13 PM   #15
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Here's the rather rare Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid (a threatened species in Tennessee) blooming at Rocky Fork.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:14 PM   #16
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And its much more common cousin Yellow Fringed Orchid blooming at Holston Mountain.
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Here's a close-up of the YF Orchid.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:15 PM   #18
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White Wood Asters blooming are a clue that summer is about overů
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:16 PM   #19
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Hope you enjoyed the "botanical tour," and that you'll share your comments and suggestions!
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 10:31 AM   #20
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The first mushroom shot is my favirate of the bunch, a great series, makes me want to get out more.

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