I thought it might be time to move on from the wildflowers we have here in Madison Indiana and venture on to my favorite spot to photograph and that’s the The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee. If I could only have one place to photograph at for the rest of my life it would be here, the diversity of flora and fauna and not to mention the incredible landscape opportunities make the GSMNP a photographers dream.
This past April we made a trip down to hike and work all the great spots for wildflower images. Even though wildflowers cover nearly the entire park there are spots where if you make the trip you have to visit and these include Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, White-oak Sinks, Chimney’s Top, Porters Creek and Cucumber Gap. These are all fantastic trails to view and photograph wildflowers and they are also relatively easy hikes as well !!
I won’t share many images from each trail but I thought I might just share a few today and post more later. First we have some shots from Cove Hardwood Nature trail. I hope you enjoy the images and if you ever travel to the Park in the spring these trails are a must see on your visit !!
Large Flowering Trillium
Sweet White Trillium
It’s time to share a few more images and info from one my hikes. I really enjoy capturing and sharing the beauty of the Native Wildflowers that grace the canyons that line the Ohio River here in Southern Indiana especially from my favorite places to shoot Clifty Falls Sate Park!!
Clifty Falls has one the most prolific blooms that I have come across, and believe me I have witnessed some great places for wildflowers, the park ranks right up there with anyplace in the Midwest and it’s always a joy walking the trails and photographing the incredible display of wildflowers that the park provides !!
The flower I am focused on today is the Dutchman’s Breeches, according to the USDA…
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches) is an herbaceous perennial of the Fumariaceae family. This species has many common names depending on which part of the country you come from. One of its common names, Little Blue Staggers, is derived from its ability to induce drunken staggering if cattle graze on it, due to narcotic and toxic substances in the poppy-related genus. Bleeding heart is another common name.
This native wildflower is common throughout the eastern United States though rarer in the Pacific Northwest. The western populations of Dicentra cucullaria appear to have been separated from the eastern ones for at least one thousand years according to the Flora of North America. The western plants are somewhat coarser in appearance but generally indistinguishable from their eastern counterparts. In Idaho, the species often grows along stream corridors in gravely banks well above the waterline. It is also occurs in Washington and Oregon.
Dutchman’s Breeches blooms in the early spring from March to April. Flowers are white to pink and resemble a pair of pantaloons hanging upside down. The flowers wilt almost immediately upon picking so they should not be collected in the wild. The one or more finely compound leaves make the plant appear fern-like. This perennial species has rice-like seed bulbs and is an attractive addition to any garden in moist shady areas.
So there is a brief description and now here a couple images of this wonderful little wildflower. Hope you enjoy the info and pics and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
Once again great weather followed by cold and possible snow flurries, I don’t know what I did but it sure must have been bad lol !! So I will just keep reviewing images from past wildflower seasons and hope that it breaks soon before I break something here around the house.
This is a Catesby’s Trillium from last year at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I photographed this species of Trillium on the White Oak Sink trail on of the best wildflower trails in the park.
According to Wikipedia…
Trillium catesbaei, also known as bashful wakerobin or rosy wake-robin, is a spring flowering perennial plant found in the southeastern United States. Like most trilliums, it prefers moist, humus-rich soil in shade. Its northern limit includes the Great Smoky Mountains and other parts of North Carolina and Tennessee. Most of its populations are in the Piedmont from North Carolina to Alabama, under deciduous trees such as American beech, various oak and hickory species, and tulip poplar. Its southernmost natural occurrence is in Early County, Georgia.
The weather down in the mountains looks a little bit better than up here so hopefully I might slip down and photograph a few of these beautifies real soon. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my photography !!
I thought I might share a few photos and some information on an interesting wildflower that I photographed in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park a few weeks back. I photographed this little beauty in a wet ditch along Clingman’s Dome Road in the park.
The Purple Fringed Orchid is a really cool wild orchid that grows in many places in the Eastern U.S. but is not always easily found. And since I am so lazy tonight, According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center…..
Deeply fringed, fragrant, lavender flowers in many-flowered, elongated clusters on a leafy stem.
A close-up of the individual flowers reveals the striking beauty of the fringed orchids. The method of pollination by moths is interesting. The pollen masses (pollinia) bear a sticky disk that protrudes below the anther. As the moth extends its tongue into the spur of the lip petal and then out again, it pulls the pollen mass from the anther and carries it to another flower where cross-pollination occurs. Small Purple Fringed Orchid (P. psycodes), occurring from Manitoba east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, and northwest to Tennessee, Missouri, and Minnesota, has smaller flowers. Purple Fringeless Orchid (P. peramoena) has an unfringed lip petal; it grows from Pennsylvania and New Jersey south to Georgia, west to Arkansas, and north to Missouri and Illinois.
But what I also find so curious about this little wildflower is the resemblance of a hummingbird feeding on a bloom that is so cool !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!