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Summer Tanager?

What is that bright red beauty that I glimpse through the forest? This isn’t a bird at all, but its colors mimic those of that eye-catching songbird — the bright red of the mature males with the lime green of females and

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Summer Tanager?

What is that bright red beauty that I glimpse through the forest? This isn’t a bird at all, but its colors mimic those of that eye-catching songbird — the bright red of the mature males with the lime green of females and

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Diurnal Hummingbird Moth on Azalea

Elizabeth Ellis, Faculty Technology Coordinator for the University of the South and Movie Review Columnist for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, spotted this rare sight last month. The insect pictured is a Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe), one of the 4 species

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Diurnal Hummingbird Moth on Azalea

Elizabeth Ellis, Faculty Technology Coordinator for the University of the South and Movie Review Columnist for the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, spotted this rare sight last month. The insect pictured is a Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe), one of the 4 species

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Beautiful Little Asclepias

Is this our smallest milkweed? Regardless, Asclepias quadrifolia certainly is the earliest. And, unlike other milkweeds, this one is a woodland plant. Otherwise, it’s a typical milkweed — the flowers can’t be confused with any other genus. They are sought by

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Beautiful Little Asclepias

Is this our smallest milkweed? Regardless, Asclepias quadrifolia certainly is the earliest. And, unlike other milkweeds, this one is a woodland plant. Otherwise, it’s a typical milkweed — the flowers can’t be confused with any other genus. They are sought by

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Spring Flowers on the Plateau Surface

Many do not regard the Cumberland Plateau surface to have beautiful displays of spring wildflowers such as seen in the coves. However, there are many beautiful common flowers to be found, such as violets, azalea, bluets, and blueberries. Here is

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Spring Flowers on the Plateau Surface

Many do not regard the Cumberland Plateau surface to have beautiful displays of spring wildflowers such as seen in the coves. However, there are many beautiful common flowers to be found, such as violets, azalea, bluets, and blueberries. Here is

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Lost Cove in April

During the outing to Lost Cove where we found the Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) and Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum), we also spotted many interesting cove plants in flower. This blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium  sp) is not a grass at all

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Lost Cove in April

During the outing to Lost Cove where we found the Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) and Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum), we also spotted many interesting cove plants in flower. This blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium  sp) is not a grass at all

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Tiniest Blossoms

The sight of these lovely little blossoms makes me sorry that I so often avoid this forest plant, greenbrier. Yes, its thorns demand our respect, but aren’t the blossoms lovely. Greenbrier, Smilax, is dioecious, meaning that, like American holly, flowers

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Tiniest Blossoms

The sight of these lovely little blossoms makes me sorry that I so often avoid this forest plant, greenbrier. Yes, its thorns demand our respect, but aren’t the blossoms lovely. Greenbrier, Smilax, is dioecious, meaning that, like American holly, flowers

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Mountain Laurel Lights Up the Forest

Late May is mountain laurel time, and the blossoms seem to be trying to outdo themselves this year. A member of the heath family, Kalmia latifolia is related to rhododendron, azalea, farkleberry, and blueberry. The blossom is unique in our

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Mountain Laurel Lights Up the Forest

Late May is mountain laurel time, and the blossoms seem to be trying to outdo themselves this year. A member of the heath family, Kalmia latifolia is related to rhododendron, azalea, farkleberry, and blueberry. The blossom is unique in our