Monthly Archives: October 2010

Slenderleaf False Foxglove – Agalinis tenuifolia – Added to USWildflowers Database

Slenderleaf False Foxglove, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (10/30/2010.)  Scientific name is Agalinis tenuifolia.  It is also known by the common name Slender Gerardia.  Photo below was taken in Blount County, TN on the banks of the Tellico Reservoir of the Little Tennessee River on Oct 16, 2010. 

Slender Gerardia, Slenderleaf False Foxglove - Agalinis tenuifolia

Slender Gerardia, Slenderleaf False Foxglove - Agalinis tenuifolia

The Swarm

After dinner on the second night of our 2-night canoe trip down the Little Tennessee River branch of the Tellico Reservoir my eldest grandson and I took a paddle up the slough upon which our campsite was situated.  As we paddled we noticed swarming insects at several spots.  On the return we were paddling into the setting sun, and came around a bend to this sight.  (Click on image for larger version.)

Cedar Waxwing

A bit off the topic of wildflowers, but we were real happy to see Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) returning to our Bradford pear trees to eat the berries.  It has been nearly two years since we’ve seen them in our neighborhood.  They were a bit more shy than when the large flock was here in December, 2008.  This one was cocking his head listening to the shutter noise from my camera.

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Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

A Foggy Saturday Morning

As I drive into work in the morning, I pass a field which frequently has a mist hovering over it. This fall the field has been filled with Goldenrod. Every foggy morning I’d wish that I could be headed into that field instead of headed into the office. A couple of Saturdays ago there was a bit of fog in the morning air and I had no other commitments, so I headed for that field before sunrise.  Here are 8 of my favorite photos from that Foggy Saturday Morning. (Click on photos for larger version.)

Webstrewn Goldenrod

Webstrewn Goldenrod

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Late Purple Aster – Symphyotrichum patens – Added to USWildflowers Database

Late Purple Aster, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (10/22/2010.)  Scientific name is Symphyotrichum patens.  It is also known by the common name Spreading Aster.  Photo below was taken in Blount County, TN on the banks of the Tellico Reservoir of the Little Tennessee River on Oct 16, 2010. 

Late Purple Aster, Spreading Aster - Symphyotrichum patens

Late Purple Aster, Spreading Aster - Symphyotrichum patens