Sunday, April 13, 2008

Back to Pigeon Mountain

A year ago our friends Richard and Teresa Ware introduced us to the best wildflower walk in Georgia at Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Today Sheila and I returned to the "Pocket Trail" with my sister Joan, her husband Jim , and their grandchild Anna Grace. The place is just as magical as it was last year. We are a couple of weeks farther into spring so the show is a little different, but still gorgeous.

[April; 21, 2008 note: I have added several common and scientific names for plants. Thanks, Richard.]

I assigned the Nikon Coolpix to Aggie. I handled the Canon S3IS.

The air was a bit breezy and chilly as we walked toward the Shirley Miller Wildflower Walk. Aggie snapped the redbuds and dogwoods along the entrance path.

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis Photo by Anna Grace

The boardwalk has been greatly extended. Many other photographers were prowling and crouching along the boardwalk with tripods, long lens, and field guides. Soon we saw that the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) were past their prime...

Photo by Anna Grace

But the Bent Trillium (Trillium flexipes) were right at their glorious prime...

Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum) stands tall while...

Trailing Wakerobin (Trillium decumbens) hugs the ground...

I'll label the plants with my best guesses. Maybe Richard will correct my mistakes and fill us in on the ones I don't know.

This fern finds a space to root in stone crevices.

Bublet Fern Cystopteris bulbifera

Bladdernut Staphylea trifoliata

Canada Violet Viola canadensis

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Squaw Root (Conopholis americana)

Mitrewort of Bishop¹s Cap Mitella diphylla

Mitrewort of Bishop¹s Cap Mitella diphylla

Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum

Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytoni)

Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum

White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

Aggie with her grandparents.

Anna Grace at the falls.

Anna Grace "practically under the falls".

Photo by Anna Grace
Terrell & Sheila

Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida)

Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera)

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)

Jack-In-The-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Coming home I turned right at Hogjowl Road and followed it through the lush green farms of the valley between Lookout Mountain and Pigeon Mountain. Georgia should buy Mountain Cove Farms at the valley head for a state park! The Toyota climbed out of the valley by way of zigzag switchbacks up Lookout Mountain. and back to Summerville by way of Cloudland. What a beautiful drive.

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