Yellow Flag, an introduced and possibly invasive species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/27/2012.) Scientific name is Iris pseudacorus. It is also known by the common names Paleyellow Iris, Yellow Iris, and Water Flag. Photo below was taken along an irrigation canal in Boise, Ada County, ID, on June 8, 2010. Go to the Yellow Flag detail page for more photos and information.
On Friday, 11/23, I was planning for a potential visit to Virgin Falls in February and I ran across information that Virginia Spiraea – Spiraea virginiana – one of the rarest shrubs in North America, is found there. A bit more time on Google quickly revealed that Virginia Spiraea is also found along Rock Creek at Lula Lake, and I got pretty excited. Lula Lake is on Lookout Mountain just above the valley where I live south of Chattanooga. Found the Lula Lake Land Trust on Facebook, and lo and behold, there was a picture of a gentleman looking at their Virginia Spiraea posted only a couple of days earlier, and a notice that the property would be open today, Saturday. OK, there are now some tentative plans for Saturday.
Cankerweed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/20/2012.) Scientific name is Prenanthes serpentaria. It is also known by the common names Lion’s Foot, Snakeweed, Earthgall, and Butterweed. Photo below was taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Haywood County, NC, on Aug 1, 2011. Go to the Cankerweed detail page for more photos and information.
Around 20 years ago when I planted a row of Bradford pear trees in front of my house, I thought I liked them. Now I’m thinking of replacing them, even though I still like them – occasionally. Those occasions are the 2 days in the spring while they bloom (OK, maybe it’s 3 days,) the week or so in the fall while they turn a beautiful red/purple/orange before dropping their leaves, and finally whenever the Cedar Waxwings show up to eat the berries. I still want to replace the trees, but it will have to be with something (native) that will continue to feed the Cedar Waxwings (wonder about Serviceberry.) This fall the arrival of these lovely birds coincided with the fall color of the leaves – reducing my time of appreciation for my Bradford pear trees. (Click on the photos for a larger view.)
Mexican Hat, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/17/2012.) Scientific name is Ratibida columnifera. It is also known by the common names Long-Headed Coneflower, Red Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower, and Thimbleflower. Photo below was taken in the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Meigs County, TN, on Nov 11, 2012. Go to the Mexican Hat detail page for more photos and information.
Pale Evening Primrose, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/15/2012.) Scientific name is Oenothera pallida. It is also known by the common names White Evening Primrose, and Pale-Stemmed Evening Primrose. Photo below was taken in the Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID on June 19, 2010. Go to the Pale Evening Primrose detail page for more photos and information.
Native Plant of the Day 11/12/2012
Photo from 9/1/2003. Location: Dawson County, GA
Southern Ground Cedar – for more photos / information go to the Lycopodium digitatum detail page.
It’s a bit of a stretch to call this a wildflower – it is actually classified as a Fern-ally - nearly a fern, but not.
In early September I did a Boundary Waters canoe trip with a couple of friends – great time with them, and great to get back after several years of absence. One of the plants I photographed was a large shrub with white berries. I hadn’t been able to identify it until recently, when I was browsing my copy of Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – A. Scott Earle and saw those white berries in a photo. Slapped my forehead – Dogwood! Red-osier Dogwood has WHITE berries! A bit more research on what Cornus species were found in Minnesota ensured that this was Cornus sericea. I like reducing that list of “Unidentified” in my photo catalog.
Hooker’s Thistle, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/09/2012.) Scientific name is Cirsium hookerianum. It is also known by the common name White Thistle. Photo below was taken in the Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID on June 21, 2011. Go to the Hooker’s Thistle detail page for more photos and information.
Raccoon Mountain is near Chattanooga Tennessee, and in the 1970′s TVA built a power storage system on the mountain – they pump water out of the Tennessee River during periods of low electricity usage, storing it in a reservoir at the top of the mountain, then use that water to turn turbines to generate electricity during period of high demand. But TVA has developed it, as with many of their properties, for some recreational uses, including hiking and mountain biking. But it’s also a really nice drive, with great view of the area. Much to my embarrasment, I’ve only been up on the top once or twice. Today was beautiful, and my wife and I spent a GREAT day driving, walking, and photographing the fall colors around Raccoon Mountain today. Here are a dozen photos.
First, a view from the reservoir dam looking across the gorge that many refer to as “The Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River.” As usual, click on the photo to go to Flickr where you can view a larger version.
The 2012 Moonshine Mud Run was held on Saturday, Nov 3. The Chattanooga Christian School High School wrestling team participated (and won!), and since my grandson was one of those participants, I showed up camera in hand to photograph the festivities. Below is a photo of the start of the race, but before that start a flock of geese rose from a nearby field. Look below for photos of the geese.