Posted on April 28th, 2013 No comments
Native Plant of the Day 04/28/2013
Photo from May 4, 2009. Location: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA.
Smooth Phlox - for more photos / info go to the Phlox glaberrima detail page.
Posted on March 29th, 2013 2 comments
It’s only been 5 days since my last report, but it’s been a rough week and it looks like I won’t be able to get away over the weekend. While wildflower photography can be more physically demanding than most people would think, I find it a great way to get away from stress for a while, so I took a few hours for a visit – it was great. Among the new flowers beginning to bloom in the past 5 days are the prettiest of the Fleabanes we have in this area – Robin’s Plantain.
Read on for the rest of the list, and a few more photos. Click on the photos for larger images, and then “back” to return to this page.
Posted on March 26th, 2013 2 comments
Native Plant of the Day 03/26/2013
Photo from March 18, 2009. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, Ga.
Wild Blue Phlox - for more photos / info go to the Phlox divaricata detail page.
Posted on February 18th, 2013 No comments
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.
Posted on August 18th, 2012 No comments
Native Plant of the Day 08/18/2012:
Photo from Apr 26, 2008. Location: Grundy County, TN
Hairy Phlox – for more information go to the Phlox amoena detail page.
Posted on April 7th, 2010 No comments
We made a quick trip down to The Pocket on Tuesday evening. We made a short 100-yard walk up the horse trail and took a spin around the boardwalk, so I’m unable to update the status of flowers found along the trail to the falls, but here’s what I’ve got.
Posted on June 14th, 2009 No comments
In the May 5 post, I mentioned that the wild hydrangea blossoms were forming their buds. Since I only had photos of prior year’s blossoms – which I think in themselves are quite beautiful – I wanted to make sure I got a chance to photograph them while in bloom. I managed to squeeze out some time (thanks for giving up work on the ceiling, Cindy!) on Saturday, June 6, and was rewarded with finding the hydrangea at peak of their blossom.
Posted on May 6th, 2009 No comments
I’m calling an official close to the spring wildflower season at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, from the USWildflowers.com perspective. While there are still certainly many wildflowers blooming, the image of the Jack in the Pulpit is symbolic of the status of the spring wildflowers. It is moving into the summer season – no remaining trillium blossoms, only a rare scattering of geranium and phacelia, and even the Canada violets are almost entirely gone. The wild hydrangea blossom buds are starting to form, and the flying gnats are becoming a problem.
While I will still make occasional treks down to The Pocket, future reports will be intermittent (maybe until next spring!) and I hope to bring reports from wildflower expeditions into other areas of the region starting, Lord willing, with a report from Big Frog Mountain next week.
Posted on April 26th, 2009 No comments
For those who were hoping for, as Ed Sullivan would have put it, “A Really Big Shew,” the time has passed in 2009. However, that is relative to The Pocket, and the abundance of wildflowers still exceed what you’ll find in many areas. While the dominant flower along the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail seems to be Sweet Cicely right now, a species that isn’t exactly ‘showy,’ several of the “signature species” could still be found on Saturday, 4/25.
Posted on April 18th, 2009 No comments
Cindy and I headed down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain around 4:30 Friday afternoon. I knew the light would be failing on the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail soon after we arrived, but I was committed for Saturday, and wanted to make sure I was able to make a weekly report on the wildflower status during the spring season. If you’re into watching the seed-formation process, this is a good time for you. There is still an abundance of wildflowers in The Pocket, making a trip absolutely worthwhile, but of the “signature flowers,” Virginia bluebell and wood poppy are past blooming or almost so, and the bent trillium is abundant but in decline. The dominant species in the boardwalk area is probably the wild hyacinth, with the wild geranium still providing a pink splash around much of the trail.
Posted on April 13th, 2009 No comments
To avoid crowds like those that were on the Shirley Miller Trail at The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain last week, I headed down there early Saturday morning, arriving at the parking area shortly after 8 AM. The sky was overcast, but the wind was low – a good situation for wildflower photography. My first stop was the dogwood tree beside the parking area.The Pocket Bellwort, Blue Cohosh, Chickweed, Columbine, Dogwood, Foamflower, Iris, Jack in the Pulpit, Mandarin, Phlox, Purple Phacelia, Rue Anemone, Spurge, Squawroot, Stonecrop, Toothwort, Trailing Trillium, Violets, Virginia Bluebell, White Trillium, Wild Geranium, Wild Hyacinth, Wood Betony, Wood Poppy
Posted on April 4th, 2009 No comments
Due to rain and obligations, it had been 9 days since I’d been down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain. Today was the Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church’s Keen-agers’ annual (I think) wildflower hike at The Pocket, so at 10 AM I joined the other folks in my age group at the church, and soon we headed on down to Pigeon Mountain. I returned from the hike with 381 photographs; two of them with people in them. After an initial run through the photographs, I’ve deleted about 150 of them; both photos of people remain.