Monthly Archives: February 2013

#Waterfalls and #Wildflowers – What’s Blooming at The Pocket 02/24/2013

It was a beautiful Sunday so my wife and I made a quick trip down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain after church to check on the status of the wildflowers.  Pretty close to the same plants blooming this time as it was on 02/16, with the primary difference being much more abundant Hepatica, and – the exciting part – a number of Bloodroot just starting to bloom!

Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadadensis - Blooming at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 02/24/2013

Bloodroot Blooming at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 02/24/2013

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Common Snowberry – Symphoricarpos albus – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Common Snowberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/23/2013.) Scientific name is Symphoricarpos albus.  It  is also known by the common name Upright Snowberry.  Photo below was taken on the Kleinschmidt Grade in Adams County, ID on May 28, 2012.   Go to the Common Snowberry detail page for more photos and information.

Common Snowberry, Upright Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus

Common Snowberry – Symphoricarpos albus

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Bloomer’s Daisy – Erigeron bloomeri – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Bloomer’s Daisy, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/22/2013.) Scientific name is Erigeron bloomeri.  It  is also known by the common names Scabland Fleabane, and Bloomer’s Fleabane.  Photo below was taken near Lucky Peak in the Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID, on June 12, 2011.   Go to the Bloomer’s Daisy detail page for more photos and information.

Scabland Fleabane, Bloomer's Daisy, Bloomer's Fleabane - Erigeron bloomeri

Bloomer’s Daisy – Erigeron bloomeri

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Sicklepod – Senna obtusifolia – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Sicklepod, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/21/2013.) Scientific name is Senna obtusifolia.  It  is also known by the common names Sicklepod Senna, Java Bean, Blunt-leaf Senna, Chinese Senna, and Arsenic Weed.  Photo below was taken near Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA, on August 11, 2012.   Go to the Sicklepod detail page for more photos and information.

Sicklepod, Sicklepod Senna, Java Bean, Blunt-leaf Senna, Chinese Senna, Arsenic Weed - Senna obtusifolia

Sicklepod – Senna obtusifolia

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Spreading Phlox – Phlox diffusa – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Spreading Phlox, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/18/2013.) Scientific name is Phlox diffusa.  Photo below was taken in Custer County, ID, on June 13, 2010.   Go to the Spreading Phlox detail page for more photos and information.

Spreading Phlox - Phlox diffusa

Spreading Phlox – Phlox diffusa

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Quick List of Wildflowers at The Pocket – 02/16/2013

Just under two weeks ago (2/4)  I reported that Harbinger of Spring and Hepatica were blooming at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, the beginning of an early spring.  We made another trip down there today, and things are continuing to develop.  This post has the list of what we saw blooming or getting ready to bloom.

Cutleaf Toothwort  - Cardamine concatenata

Cutleaf Toothwort – Cardamine concatenata – on Feb 16, 2013

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#Birding the #Riverwalk Yields Another Lifer – Pie-billed Grebe

Friday was another spring-like day, so when I finished up my part-time job for the week, my wife and I took the opportunity get our cameras down to the Riverwalk in Chattanooga to see what birds we’d see.  It was a good day; great company and a lifer for us two beginner birders – a Pie-billed Grebe that we spotted on the pond at Amnicola Marsh.

Pie-billed Grebe

Pie-billed Grebe – Podilymbus podiceps – peering through the waterfront underbrush

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