Botanizing at Lake Cheston

Among the places to find late summer wildflowers, Lake Cheston on the Sewanee Domain ranks way up there. Today, members of the herbarium-sponsored nature journaling group took a walk along the dam to the spillway and admired numerous flowers in

Botanizing at Lake Cheston

Among the places to find late summer wildflowers, Lake Cheston on the Sewanee Domain ranks way up there. Today, members of the herbarium-sponsored nature journaling group took a walk along the dam to the spillway and admired numerous flowers in

Orchid in Hiding

Hidden from humans, anyway! Look closely at this photo. There are at least three plants of Tipularia discolor here. A native orchid with a stalk of tiny flowers, it goes by the name cranefly orchid, possibly because the flowers resemble

Orchid in Hiding

Hidden from humans, anyway! Look closely at this photo. There are at least three plants of Tipularia discolor here. A native orchid with a stalk of tiny flowers, it goes by the name cranefly orchid, possibly because the flowers resemble

My Stars!

Look what popped up in the mulch surrounding the landscaping plants in front of the Fowler Center on campus — earthstars! These “stars” are actually puffballs, fungi in the Geaster genus. Brown dust-like spores are emitted through the central aperture

My Stars!

Look what popped up in the mulch surrounding the landscaping plants in front of the Fowler Center on campus — earthstars! These “stars” are actually puffballs, fungi in the Geaster genus. Brown dust-like spores are emitted through the central aperture

Lilies and Orchids and Asters — oh my!

Shenandoah National Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, boasts a huge and spectacular array of wildflowers at this time of year. Roadsides are crowded with Angelica, black cohosh, and asters of all kinds. Turk’s cap lily offers

Lilies and Orchids and Asters — oh my!

Shenandoah National Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, boasts a huge and spectacular array of wildflowers at this time of year. Roadsides are crowded with Angelica, black cohosh, and asters of all kinds. Turk’s cap lily offers

Wildflower Walk Saturday

Tomorrow, July 29, join Mary Priestley at 9:30 AM for a wildflower walk at Foster Falls. Part of South Cumberland State Park, Foster Falls is  a summertime destination for many. They scamper across the power line right-of-way, pause at the

Wildflower Walk Saturday

Tomorrow, July 29, join Mary Priestley at 9:30 AM for a wildflower walk at Foster Falls. Part of South Cumberland State Park, Foster Falls is  a summertime destination for many. They scamper across the power line right-of-way, pause at the

Late Summer Flowers Starting to Bloom

Here they come — startlingly early, it always seems — the late summer/early fall wildflowers! One of the earliest to bloom is ironweed, Vernonia. This one was captured roadside on Roark’s Cove Road, just off the Sewanee Domain. It’s been

Late Summer Flowers Starting to Bloom

Here they come — startlingly early, it always seems — the late summer/early fall wildflowers! One of the earliest to bloom is ironweed, Vernonia. This one was captured roadside on Roark’s Cove Road, just off the Sewanee Domain. It’s been

The Prettier Cousin

It’s all part of growing up, but often in families there will be two little girls, cousins, just the same age and inevitably, one will be prettier than the other. That’s the case with Polymnia and Smallanthus, both “leaf cups”

The Prettier Cousin

It’s all part of growing up, but often in families there will be two little girls, cousins, just the same age and inevitably, one will be prettier than the other. That’s the case with Polymnia and Smallanthus, both “leaf cups”