“Sweet Home Alabama” — 2021-05-07 and 08

In the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama Where the skies are so blue Sweet Home Alabama Lord I’m comin’ home to you… Although I am from South Carolina, these are appropriate words for a state that is 3rd in endemic species and rare plants. At least that’s what I read on the Internet.

Springtime in the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina — 2021-05-02

*** Warning: This is a particularly long post filled with dozens of images. So, grab a snack and a favorite beverage before plowing ahead… *** About a month ago, I received a note from a friend whom I had not seen in almost 15 years. He said it would be coming down to Asheville, North

My morning with the Ladies… — 2021-04-25

Cypripedium acaule or Pink Lady’s-slipper orchids, that is… After a full day and night of thunderstorms and heavy rain, the morning broke clear and cool. I would have preferred a bit of overcast, but you take what you can get. The trip up to one of my favorite South Carolina Heritage Preserves was fairly uneventful

The rare Swamp Pink and a few other surprises — 2021-04-18

If you have been keeping up with this nature blog over the years, you will know that this time of year takes me to one of South Carolina’s premier, but little known, Heritage Preserves. It’s called Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve, and it hosts the Southeast’s largest population of the rare and threatened Helonias bullata or Swamp

The other side of Turtletown — 2021-04-14

This post is pretty long, so before you begin, go get yourself an adult beverage and some snacks. Here goes… Recently, I received an email from a man whom I have known for a long time but have never met. His name is Shannon Spurling, and he is quite the naturalist. Due to his persistence

Tiny white Trillium in the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina — 2021-04-03

A few years ago, my good friend, Kelvin Taylor (aka “KT”) posted some excellent images of Trillium pusillum or Carolina Least Trillium which he had been studying at a preserve called Turkey Creek Preserve near the small town of Middlesex, Nash County, North Carolina. This is not a Trillium species that I see with any

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

The search for a new plant variety discovered in upstate South Carolina — 2021-03-12

This is just a reminder that the website is being worked on to improve its functionality and durability. During this time, you may experience weird stuff such as duplicate posts, certain parts not working properly (Comments section, for instance), and other oddities. I really appreciate your patience with all of this. Frankly, it’s one of

Nine Times Preserve gets a start on Spring — 2021-03-09

A bit of housekeeping before we get started: Recently, I have been trying to keep this blog up-to-date and to keep all of the parts and pieces working, but recently I have had several issues that are just beyond my ability to cope with. One of them is the Comments section down at the bottom






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