Monday, October 7, 2013

Nature Study at Fort Loudoun

Common kingsnake
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Mimosa tree
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Wingstem
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Polished lady beetle
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Black walnut
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Bowling with walnuts
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Flowering dogwood
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Bush honeysuckle
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Winged sumac
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White crownbeard
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Garden spider
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Zahana monkey
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Japanese Virgin's bower vine
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Bull thistle
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Honey locust
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Chocolate tube slime mold
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Old barbed wire fence
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Larkin monkey
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Coral mushroom
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Osage orange
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Late purple aster
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Pine
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Goldenrod
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Trifoliate orange, introduced by pioneers as a barrier plant, can be used for marmalade
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Wild grapes
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Some of us thought they were too sour!  But there were also wild muscadines everywhere, and they were so good!
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Wild comfrey
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Turkey tail mushroom
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Chicken of the woods!
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Pipevine swallowtail
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Indian pipe
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Daddy long legs
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Lichen
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Some sort of amanita
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Root climbers
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What is this?!
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Sacred bamboo
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Exoskeleton
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Elowen stayed home with Papa, so I was able to take lots of pictures. This is my way of studying to become a walking nature encyclopedia!  :)

5 comments:

  1. Was the "What's this?" picture on a tree with lots of leaves that were already turning red? We have a tree that I need help identifying and was going to ask you about the next time you were around here that has berries like those, and leaves that are similar, but it is already turning bright red before any of the rest of the woods are... I can't find anything like it in our guide books! Frustrating!

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    1. No, it was green. It was by the bathrooms in the picnic area if you want to look at it. The fruit looked like olives or some were shriveled and looked like big raisins. I tried our North American tree book, a big book on trees and shrubs (gardening), and internet - nothing.

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  2. What amazing photos, thank you so much for posting!
    ps. It is interesting to see what you call a Daddy Long Legs because here in the UK, we use that name for another creature altogether.

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    1. Yes, I was reading that in other countries a spider is called that and in some countries it's a member of the scorpion family. Another name for them here is harvestman, and it's in the mite family.

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  3. Sarah, you are an amazing photographer and teacher! I love following your posts and seeing the changes in your children. Wish we lived closer!

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