Friday, September 20, 2013

Another Refreshing Nature Walk

Our nature walk this week was just as wonderful as the one last week. We learned so much and had fun with friends.  Our host and guide was a walking nature encyclopedia.  That's what I want to be someday!
Here he is telling us about goldenrod and New York ironweed.
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Chinese chestnut
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White oak
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Beech
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He showed us an American chestnut he planted from a seed, which cost $30.  The trees were nearly wiped out by blight in the early 1900's. 
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Common leaf-footed bug on autumn olive
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Bush clover
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Mist flower
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Meadow katydid on cocklebur
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Crabapple
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Crabapple eater
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Yellow nutsedge
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Can't figure this little bee out.  Everything it looks like lives out west.
Bull thistle.
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Horse nettle - very poisonous!
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Lady's thumb
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Rohan found an eastern garter snake.
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Ground cherry
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Wild cucumber.
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Lobster mushroom
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Beaver
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Common pondhawk
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Bursting heart
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Winged sumac
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Partridge pea
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Lichens on cypress
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Beautiful day!
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4 comments:

  1. OH my word! That looks amazing! What a neat experience!

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  2. I think your mystery vine might be a wild relative of cucumber. Did you by any chance smell the berry? We had those growing in Florida and Guatemala and the kids down there loved eating them. They tasted like slightly sour cucumbers. My mom had some at her last house in Lenoir City.

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    1. Wonderful, Rachel! Thank you. That does look like the most likely thing. I didn't smell it. I was already lagging behind the group, so I just snapped a couple pictures and tried to catch up. Miah said the owner of the property didn't know what it was either.

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  3. Beautiful! I can tell you were bringing up the rear, with all of these gorgeous photos (speaking from experience...)! I've never seen a lobster mushroom, but that's what it looks like from here. It rained all last night and today, so I'm hoping for some good mushroom hunting this coming week...Thank you for your very kind words on my latest post; I am always humbled that someone I don't know would take time to do that. Gave me quite a boost. Enjoy these fall days!

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