Oakleaf Hydrangea, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/27/2010.) Scientific name is Hydrangea quercifolia. It is the state wildflower of Alabama. Photo below was taken Reflection Riding in Hamilton County, TN on Aug 28, 2010.
Tulip Poplar, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/26/2010.) Scientific name is Liriodendron tulipifera. It is also known by the common names Yellow Poplar, Tuliptree, and Tulip Magnolia. Photo below was taken The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, GA on May 13, 2008.
Eastern Wahoo, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/26/2010.) Scientific name is Euonymus atropurpureus. It is also known by the common names Burningbush, Spindle Tree, and Indian Arrow-Wood. Photo below was taken in the Mountain Cove Farm area of Walker County, GA on Oct 30, 2010.
I think Tall Ironweed may be as beautiful in it’s fall garb as it is in summer.
Native Plant of the Day 11/25/2010 (Photo from June, 2010. Location: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID):
Payette Beardtongue - for more photos / information go to the Penstemon payettensis detail page.
There are five trails that lead to LeConte Lodge, which sits atop the third highest peak in the Smokies. On perhaps a dozen prior trips to the lodge I had hiked each of them at least once except for Trillium Gap Trail. I hiked that trail on November 11.
Native Plant of the Day 11/17/2010 (Repeat NPOD from 07/22; photo from August, 2009. Location: Roberson County, TN):
Partridge Pea - for more photos / information go to the Chamaecrista fasciculata detail page.
Native Plant of the Day 11/11/2010 (Repeat NPOD from 04/08; photo from April, 2008):
Wood Betony - for more photos and information go to the Pedicularis canadensis detail page.
Another of the butterflies cavorting among the Giant Ironweed plants in north Georgia exactly a month ago.
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We enjoyed the Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) cavorting in our trees yesterday, with a lot of action seen out our living room picture window. The Waxwings were joined by robins, starlings and grackles feasting on the Bradford pear berries, with a yellow-bellied sapsucker (I think!) scurring up and down the trunks. Chickadees, titmouses, and nuthatches were on the feeders, while mourning doves scoured the ground underneath. Here is one of the Cedar Waxwings.
USWildflowers Daily Plant 11/06/2010 (Photo from August, 2009):
Sericea Lespedeza, an introduced and possibly invasive species. For more information go to the Lespedeza cuneata detail page.
USWildflowers Daily Plant 11/02/2010 (Photo from March, 2009):
Indian Strawberry, an introduced species. The “Indian” names comes from its Asian origin, and is not pertaining to Native Americans. For more photos and information go to the Duchesnea indica detail page.
Cindy, Sam, and I went down to Zahnd’s Natural Area for a little while yesterday. Lovely fall day; a few wildflowers are still persisting, with the predominant ones being the Asters – this is likely a Symphyotrichum species. This Eastern Tailed Blue Azure butterfly (I think that’s the correct ID) sat still for me for a few seconds. (Click on the photo for a larger image.)