More from last weekend in Pickens County, SC — 2021-03-19

This past weekend, several of us made separate field trips to Peach Orchard Branch, Nine Times Preserve, and Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve, all in Pickens County, South Carolina. The Spring ephemeral wildflowers were in perfect bloom. I have managed to visit these sites every Spring for several years, and I am never disappointed in what

Road trip to Mt. Rainier National Park — 2019-06-28

The last major field trip we made on our visit to the Northwest (Washington state) was to Mt. Rainier National Park. We had high hopes for fair weather so we could see the 14,410-foot (4,392-meter) Mt. Rainier in full view. We saw a number of colorful wildflowers along our way up to the Henry M.

Late Spring orchids on the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina — 2019-06-20

The last day of Spring, 2019, found Walter Ezell and me on the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina looking for Spring orchids and whatever else interesting we could find. The target species were as follows (in alphabetical order of botanical name): Neottia smallii — Appalachian Twayblade orchid Liparis liliifolia — Lily-leaved Twayblade orchid

A Fall visit to the Cedar Glades of northwest Georgia — 2018-11-04

The main reason I wanted to make this long trip was to photograph the uber fragrant Spiranthes magnicamporum or Great Plains Ladies’-tresses orchids. They are not found in the Carolinas, but they do appear in small numbers in the Cedar Glades and Limestone Barrens of two counties in northwestern Georgia. Little did I know, when

Part 1 of 2 — Summer comes to the BRP — 2018-06-23

This post is fairly long and loaded with colorful images, so fasten your seat belts! On Saturday, June 23, 2018, my photography buddy, Alan Cressler met me at my North Carolina mountain cabin to get ready for a weekend trek along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. We each had a list of flowering

Part 2 of 2 — Orchids and Lilies and Azaleas, oh my! — 2018-05-05

As I mentioned in my previous blog (Part 1 of 2) about our recent trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina, I was joined by my good buddies from Atlanta, Georgia — Alan Cressler and Steve Bowling. On our way up Hwy. 276 through the Pisgah National Forest, I suggested that we

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