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

First bloomers of the year — 2021-02-28

Welcome to 2021! This is the beginning of my 9th year of Jim’s Nature Blog. I had actually considered shutting it down at the end of 2020, but I think I’ve still got a couple of more years in me to keep it going. I’m not promising a lot of new stuff this year, but

Part 2 of 2 — More Fall Bloomers along the Carolina Coastal Plain — 2020-10-31

Warning: This will be a lengthy post, so settle back with an adult beverage and enjoy… After spending the night at a motel in Little River, South Carolina, we awoke bright and bushy-tailed, got dressed and ate our meager continental breakfast. With fresh memories of the previous day’s field trip in the Francis Marion National

Part 1 of 2 — Fall Bloomers along the Carolina Coastal Plain — 2020-10-30

The cusp of October/November is the time of year for the last gasp of wildflowers along the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the Carolinas. I always get a big kick out of visiting my favorite swampy, boggy, mucky areas in the Francis Marion National Forest, where the last of the fall orchids, Spiranthes odorata or Fragrant

Wildflowers in an upstate South Carolina Heritage Preserve — 2020-10-22

I had the morning open to do some fun things, so I thought about what might be blooming nearby. This is the time of year for fall wildflowers in an upstate South Carolina heritage preserve which I consider one of my favorites — Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve, in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. It

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