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.
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.
My wife photographed these color layers of Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) this past Sunday.
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.
Our bird bath has been frozen over two mornings in a row now. No butterflies today. A month ago this butterfly was among dozens dancing among the ironweed in the warm sunshine in northern Georgia.
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.