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Old Aug 17, 2016, 8:18 PM   #1
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Another hike up Holston Mountain, this time to check out the Turk's Cap Lilies. Their latin name is Lilium superbum, and they are indeed superb lilies. Unfortunately, they are affected by a lily disease that is killing a number of our native lilies. Photographers can help by NOT touching the plants or blooms - fungus spores can travel on our skin.
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There were plenty of other attractions on this hike, including ripe blueberries. We saw plenty of Black Bear scats full of the blueberry seeds nearby, but did not see the bears.
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Rosebay Rhododendron was at peak bloom, and so were these wild sunflowers (not sure of the species, but you can see proof that gnats help pollinate them!)
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It's been a dry summer, but there's a high elevation marsh up at Holston Mt, with some very odd fungus growing among the Galax plants.
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We almost always see venomous snakes on Holston Mt, and this trip did not disappoint. Here's a fine Timber Rattlesnake enjoying the warm sun, and pretty much ignoring the nosy photographer!
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Views were great up at Holston High Knob, but time was pressing so we took a quick look and hurried back down the mountain. Hope you enjoyed these few snapshots, and that they'll tempt you to come see for yourself!
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