Slender Gerardia – Native Plant of the Day 10/14/2017
Photo from 10/15/2010. Location: Blount County, TN.
More photos / info at the Agalinis tenuifolia detail page.
Pigeon Mountain – a major spur of Lookout Mountain – is a wonderful place, even outside the fabulous wildflower site called The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain. During hunting season – turkey in the spring, and deer in the fall – there are a few roads opened that are closed the rest of the year. These were opened in early September at the beginning of archery season (firearms deer season started today – Saturday, Oct 20, 2012.) I was fortunate enough to get down onto two of these – Estelle Mine Road and Owl Hollow over the past couple of days. Ostensibly the trip on Friday was to photograph an Agalinis species that I really wanted to be, as reported by others, Agilinis decemloba. I got the photo, and I think it’s likely Agalinis tenuifolia instead.
While I was disappointed not to fine retuse corolla lobes on the Agalinis, Friday at Pigeon Mountain, followed with a wonderful drive with my wife on Saturday morning up the Estelle Mine Road, was anything but disappointing. Check out a few of the photos I took on those two days…
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.
Slenderleaf False Foxglove, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (10/30/2010.) Scientific name is Agalinis tenuifolia. It is also known by the common name Slender Gerardia. Photo below was taken in Blount County, TN on the banks of the Tellico Reservoir of the Little Tennessee River on Oct 16, 2010.