Whorled Wood Aster, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (11/02/2013.) Scientific name is Centrosema virginianum. Also known as Whorled Aster, Mountain Aster, and Sharp-leaved Aster. Photo below was taken near the Clingman’s Dome access road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, NC on Sep 23, 2013. Go to the Whorled Wood Aster detail page for more photos and information.
My wife and I were trying to get back home on Friday, 10/5, for a grandson’s final football game of the season (6th grade), but we managed to carve out a few hours for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Hillsville in Virginia. We were glad we did. The weather was wonderful, and the colors, while not yet to peak, were quite wonderful.
My wife and I were going over to Waynesville, NC on Thursday to pick up a granddaughter who had been spending a few days with her best friend from Papua New Guinea. Being the fall color season, we wanted to take some time for some photographs in the mountains, so we left early, before 7 AM. It turned out that sunrise was just as we were getting to Lake Ocoee (also known as Parksville Lake), and the cool morning brought fog and mist with it. We also had time to take brief drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the daytrip to Waynesville.
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.)
Late Purple Aster, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (10/22/2010.) Scientific name is Symphyotrichum patens. It is also known by the common name Spreading Aster. Photo below was taken in Blount County, TN on the banks of the Tellico Reservoir of the Little Tennessee River on Oct 16, 2010.
This lovely flower is Two-flower Cynthia, a member of the Aster family. If you see a rayed flower and don’t know what it is, guess “Aster.” There are 1104 varieties of this family listed in the USDA Plants Database. This one was photographed in May of 2008 in Grundy County, Tennessee.
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