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Saturday, May 05, 2007

birds, bees, FLOWERS.....

I'm up in the north Georgia mountains just south of the North Carolina border. I sometimes see bees up here, but the observation hive in the Osage vegetable market isn't up yet this year.

I hiked a trail in the rain today just to see the flowers that bloom there at about this time every year. The main flower I went to see is the pink lady's slipper in the photo below. It is hard to find but I know this trail where I see it around May 5 or 6 every year.



I also saw Catesby's trillium
which is interesting with its hanging down blossom that gets pinker as it ages. There were many of these along the trail.

The sweet shrub was in bloom near the end of the trail. I like its burgundy blossoms. We have lots of sweet shrub near my house in Atlanta.

Since the Picasa posting program only allows me four pictures at a time, the last one I'll post is the Mayapple. I took a shot of both the leaf and the flower underneath, but for you here is the picture of the flower. If you click on the link above, you'll see a much better picture of what I saw in the woods in the rain today!

Hopefully the sun will be out some tomorrow and I'll see some bees - usually I do when hiking trails around here.
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2 comments:

  1. Thankyou Linda for posting pictures of your native flora, I find it so interesting, especially when it is something I don`t know or haven`t seen before. Trilliums are exotic here and I love them ! Our native flora and fauna are found mostly no where else in the world and are so very different, mainly evergreen with muted colours except for the odd one like Pohutakawa or Kowhai, Metrosideros excelsa and Sophora tetraptera.
    I am recovering well, but missing my bees and the autumn colours !

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  2. Teri T.12:05 PM

    Linda,

    Looking at your photos brought back fond memories of the wildflower walks I used to take at Edwin Warner Park when we lived in Nashville. I was never lucky enough though to see either the pink lady's slipper or Catesby's trillium---they are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.

    Teri

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