Tag Archives: Cloudland Canyon

#Wildflowers on the #Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park 04/16/2014

Wednesday, 04/16/2014, woke up bright and beautiful, if a bit chilly with overnight lows in the lower 30′s. I had a reminder on my calendar to check for Trillium sulcatum, a species I had not seen previously, at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Calendar and weather were in sync, so around 10 AM I headed out for my first visit to this wonderful, nearby state park in 2014. I spotted some Vernal Iris (Iris verna) along the park’s entrance road, a portent of what I hoped would be a beautiful walk. I was not disappointed.

Vernal Iris - Iris verna

Vernal Iris – Iris verna

 

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#NPOD: Pencil Flower #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 12/30/2013

Photo from 6/21/2013.  Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA

Pencil Flower - for more photos and information go to the Stylosanthes biflora detail page.

Pencil Flower, Endbeak Pencilflower, Sidebeak Pencilflower - Stylosanthes biflora

Pencil Flower – Stylosanthes biflora

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#NPOD: Mountain Bush Honeysuckle #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 10/30/2013

Photo from 7/2/2011. Location:  Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle – for more photos / info go to the  Diervilla rivularis detail page.

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle, Hairy Bush honeysuckle, Riverbank Bush Honeysuckle - Diervilla rivularis

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle – Diervilla rivularis

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#NPOD: Appalachian Rose Gentian #NativePlants

Native Plant of the Day 07/08/2013

Photo from July 5, 2010. Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA.

Appalachian Rose Gentian – for more photos / info go to the Sabatia capitata detail page.

Appalachian Rose Gentian, Cumberland Rose Gentian - Sabatia capitata

Appalachian Rose Gentian, Cumberland Rose Gentian – Sabatia capitata

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#NPOD: Purple Coneflower #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 01/27/2013

Photo from July 5, 2010. Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA.

Purple Coneflower - for more photos / info go to the  Echinacea purpurea detail page.

Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea

Eastern Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea

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More Cloudland Canyon State Park Photos

On the 3rd day with sunshine after a week and a half of rain, we wanted to get outside.  After church and lunch on Sunday, Cindy and I went up to Cloudland Canyon State Park.  Yes, again!  It was a lovely afternoon as we enjoyed the sunshine – and saw the temperature drop about 20 degrees within 30 minutes of the sun dropping below the horizon.  Here are a half-dozen photos from the day.

 

Bluff above Bear Creek in the late afternoon by USWildflowers, on Flickr

The west-facing bluffs were still well-lit by the setting sun.

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#Waterfalls Water Levels – Cloudland Canyon State Park

I’ve posted most of these photos on Facebook and Twitter already, but in my semi-retirement I am more and more using the Journal to try to track some of my activities – Cindy and I are finding ourselves asking each other “What did we do last week?”  Some of those Journal entries are just private notes as to what we did, but some, like this one, might have some community interest.  This is one of those.

Since I work part-time now, my weekend usually starts on Thursday afternoon, but this week some projects used more of my time earlier in the week so I finished up a couple of hours earlier than usual.  We’d had rain (lots of rain) for 9 days in a row, and there was slight break in the rain before a cold front came through bringing more rain and possibly snow (some nearby areas got some; we didn’t.)  I decided to take that break as an opportunity to run up to Cloudland Canyon State Park to see what the waterfalls looked like after all the rain.

The first waterfalls that I saw wasn’t one that I expected.  During normal water levels you don’t even notice this one across the canyon from the main overlook.  I suspect that during dry weather there may be no water at all in this unnamed stream tumbling down the bluff.

Waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon State Park by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon State Park after heavy rain

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#Waterfalls and #Wildflowers Walks – Cloudland Canyon State Park

I made a July trip over to Cloudland Canyon State Park to see the waterfalls with an expectation that I’d also see many wildflowers along the way, and I wasn’t disappointed.  While recently posting a report on a visit to nearby Lula Falls, I discovered that I’d never written the planned report on the Cloudland Canyon trip.  I quickly realized that I didn’t remember many of the details of the walk – and I was relieved to discover that the July trip was in 2011, not just this past July, so the memory fade was more reasonable.  But to refresh that failing memory, I made another trip up there on Dec 5.  Here are a dozen photos from those two “waterfalls and wildflowers walks.”

(Click on any image and you’ll go to Flickr where you can view larger sized images.)

Unnamed Falls - Cloudland Canyon State Park by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Unnamed Falls along Sitton Gulch Trail near the Waterfalls Trail junction – Cloudland Canyon State Park

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#NPOD: White Milkweed #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 01/10/2012.

Photo from July 20, 2010. Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA.

White Milkweed - for more photos / info go to the Asclepias variegata detail page.

White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed - Asclepias variegata

White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed – Asclepias variegata

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Mountain Bush Honeysuckle – Diervilla rivularis – Added to USWildflowers Database

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (07/11/2011.) Scientific name is Diervilla rivularis. It is also known by the common names  Hairy Bush honeysuckle, and Riverbank Bush Honeysuckle. Photo below was taken at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Dade County, GA  on July 2, 2011. Go to the Mountain Bush Honeysuckle detail page for more photos and information.

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle, Hairy Bush honeysuckle, Riverbank Bush Honeysuckle - Diervilla rivularis

Mountain Bush Honeysuckle, Hairy Bush honeysuckle, Riverbank Bush Honeysuckle – Diervilla rivularis

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Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea – Added to USWildflowers Database

Purple Coneflower, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (07/08/2010.)  Scientific name is Echinacea purpurea.  This plant also is known by the common name Eastern Purple Coneflower.  Photo below was taken at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Dade County, GA, on 07/05/2010.

Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea

Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea

 

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