Lanceleaf Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (06/16/2017.) Scientific name is Viola lanceolata. Photo below was taken in Coffee County, TN on June 1, 2016. Go to the Lanceleaf Violet detail page for more information and photos.
Glade Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/12/2016.) Scientific name is Viola egglestonii. Photo below was taken in a Chickamauga Battlefield Cedar Glade, Catoosa County, Ga on March 25, 2016. Go to the Glade Violet detail page for more information.
As reported a month back, Hepatica, Harbinger-of-Spring, and a Star Chickweed were blooming at The Pocket at the end of January as a result of our unusually warm winter. We had some cold weather in February, and nothing much had changed in mid-February. My wife and I were out of town for a couple of weeks, so when we returned yesterday, I was anxious to see what had developed in our absence. While the boardwalk itself doesn’t show too much action, there is a lot that is cranking up both on the trail to the bottom of the falls past the end of the boardwalk and on the Pocket Loop Trail (aka the horse trail) up to the top of the falls.
Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis
Yes, Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is blooming along the horse trail – I haven’t see it this early in four years, implying (as expected) an early spring this year.
Yesterday (3/27) was one of the rare days this spring – mostly clear skies and warmer weather – into the 60’s. As a plus a couple of my grandkids wanted to join me, so a great time at The Pocket was guaranteed. Several of the “signature species” at The Pocket – Virginia Bluebell, Wood (Celandine) Poppy, Dutchman’s Breeches (or, as my grandson called them, “Upside Down Pants from Holland), Trout Lily are blooming right now. I’m developing a checklist to use so I won’t have to photograph or remember what all is blooming, and of the 51 species on my current version of the checklist, 25 are blooming right now.
Green Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/10/2013.) Scientific name is Hybanthus concolor. It is also known by the common name Eastern Greenviolet. Photo below was taken at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA on May 7, 2013. Go to the Green Violet detail page for more photos and information.
Field Pansy, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/23/2013.) Scientific name is Viola bicolor. It is also known by the common names Wild Pansy, and Johnny Jump-up, and all of these names are frequently applied to a couple of similar Viola species. Photo below was taken in The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA on Mar 16, 2013. Go to the Field Pansy detail page for more photos and information.
Field Pansy, Wild Pansy, Johnny Jump-up – Viola bicolor
Raccoon Mountain is near Chattanooga Tennessee, and in the 1970’s TVA built a power storage system on the mountain – they pump water out of the Tennessee River during periods of low electricity usage, storing it in a reservoir at the top of the mountain, then use that water to turn turbines to generate electricity during period of high demand. But TVA has developed it, as with many of their properties, for some recreational uses, including hiking and mountain biking. But it’s also a really nice drive, with great view of the area. Much to my embarrasment, I’ve only been up on the top once or twice. Today was beautiful, and my wife and I spent a GREAT day driving, walking, and photographing the fall colors around Raccoon Mountain today. Here are a dozen photos.
First, a view from the reservoir dam looking across the gorge that many refer to as “The Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River.” As usual, click on the photo to go to Flickr where you can view a larger version.
Fall colors in the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River