Monday, April 15, 2013

Wildflower walks~Chestnut top trail

A few days ago Jeff and I joined a ranger lead group for a wildflower walk opposite the Sugarbush visitor center.

 

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We found a few wildflowers we had not seen previously on our trip.

Long-spurred Violet Viola rostrata

Visitor Center walk_074Large-flower Bellwort Uvularia grandiflora

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wildflower walk_017Eastern Swallowtail sipping nectar from a Long-spurred violet

Visitor Center walk_083Look what I found!

I found two other Morel Mushrooms this trip. Already cooked and eaten.:) 

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We met a nice couple on our ranger led walk and they joined us for a short hike up..

Chestnut top trail

to see more wildflowers..

The walk is a steady uphill climb..

but, with so many wildflowers to stop and admire,it was an easy uphill walk..

If you see a flower I have not Identified correctly please let me know. I am always learning.

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We were very excited to see another new flower.

Purple Phacelia Phacelia bipinnatifida

Chestnut top (12)The phacelia blanketed many areas around the path.

Chestnut top (47)Any Ideas what this critter is?

Mite?

Chestnut top (6)The Rue Anemone was in bloom here..

Rue Anemone Thalictrum thalictroides

Visitor Center walk_118False Solomon's Seal; Solomon's Plume  Smilacina racemosa

Showing off its plume..not fully open yet.

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Lemon Trillium; Yellow Trillium Trillium luteum

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Chestnut top (23)A gorgeous clump of

Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera

Chestnut top (25)I have not ID this yet…what do you think?

Buttercup of some sort?

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Another new flower for us on the trail.

Hairyjoint Meadow Parsnip ~Thaspium barbinode

Chestnut top (29)Stonecrop Sedum ternatum

Chestnut top (34)These leaves look like Hepatica

Are these the seed heads of the Hepatica?

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Wildflower mix

Yellow Trillium, Star Chickweed and Bloodroot leaves.

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More new flowers!

Yellow Mandarin Disporum lanuginosum

Chestnut top (52)Isn't this the sweetest little Iris?

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Dwarf Crested Iris Iris cristata

Chestnut top (53)Yeah..I need a polish change..

Look how tiny these are.

Chestnut top (56)Oh..wow..another new one for us!

Chestnut top (106)Fire Pink Silene virginica

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Gorgeous!

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Smooth Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum biflorum

Chestnut top (64)Squawroot Conopholis americana

Chestnut top (67)Alum Root (Heuchera)

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I now know what this beautiful sculptural plant turns into.

Chestnut top (74)Northern Maidenhair, Five-Fingered Maidenhair Fern~Adiantum pedatum

Chestnut top (75)Thanks  Lorraine for pointing that out.

 Chestnut top (76) Maidenhair fernChestnut top (133)

Unidentified fern unfolding.

Chestnut top (82) Wood Betony; Canadian Lousewort ~Pedicularis canadensis

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Solitary Pussytoes Antennaria solitaria

Chestnut top (100)We walked until the wildflowers became less and less..

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Chestnut top (93)Took in the view and headed back down..

Chestnut top (95)Past the phacelia..

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Chestnut top (121)Past the..

Miterwort; Bishop's Cap Mitella diphylla

Chestnut top (136)Such lovely little caps..

Visitor Center walk_130Another awesome Wildflower walk in

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

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