Joe’s Birthday Trip to South Carolina – November 18 – 21, 2020

Joe and Mary went camping at Devil’s Fork State Park for his birthday. Temperature the first night was 33º! While there they also hiked at Station Cove & Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. Photography by Joe Standaert. Click on any picture to zoom and enter the slide show. 

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Plants on Randy’s One Acre..

Randy writes….
“I certainly miss the fellowship and learning of the WCBC, but like everyone else am trying to make the best of a bad situation during the pandemic.  My wife and I have been exceedingly cautious and therefore have avoided single track trails, so I’ve had to keep my botanizing close to home.  I spent the first half of the year getting the upper hand on the invasives on our one acre + property just east of Asheville.  With the bad guys mostly under control I finally found time to work on my photography skills via online training and videos.  The native wildflowers in the neighborhood have been the perfect subject to practice on.  The attached photos document some of the more interesting or attractive wildflowers I’ve found in late summer and fall.  There is one non-native here; Geranium sibirica.  I included it because the FDA says it is rare in our area, despite our being blessed (?) with plenty in our back yard.  Had a devil of a time identifying it since it isn’t in any of my field guides.  Looking forward to hitting the trails with everyone next year once a vaccine gives us back our freedom.”
Photography by Randy Richardson.

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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More Non-native Plants!

Ken and Annie already showed us the non-native flora they found this year on the Henderson County Walkways. Here are more non-native plants we have encountered elsewhere. Photography by Becky Armstrong, Ken Borgfeldt, Penny Longhurst, Jim Poling, & Joe Standaert. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

 

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Wildflowers of North Carolina: A Community Photo Exhibit

North Carolina is home to over 3,000 species of wildflowers. As part of the 2020: Year of the Wildflower theme at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, they asked for submissions of photos of native wildflowers in our state. The result is this exhibit of nearly 400 photos by 105 photographers of all ages, from all across the state and country. Six of our members, Becky Armstrong, David Heavner, Penny Longhurst, Marianne Mooney, Randy Richardson, & Jean Woods had pictures accepted for the exhibit. Congratulations to all!

You may access the exhibit here, or just watch the slide show below (you may want to change the speed).

 

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Non-Native Flora of Henderson County Walkways

With loads of time on his hands, Ken and his co-leader, Annie, have been documenting the flora of Henderson County walkways. Their walkies have taken them to the Oklawaha Greenway, Fletcher Park, Park Ridge Nature Trail, & the Park at Flat Rock. Previous posts showed the native plants they saw in early-summer, & late-summer, part 1 & part 2. Here are the non-native plants they found.  Photography by Ken Borgfeldt. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Glassy Mountain Scout – October 20, 2020

Glassy Mountain is a monadnock that is the remnant of a pluton. For information on its origins check last year’s post here.  I don’t remember having a field trip here at this time of year before. Things certainly looked different!  Read more info on the plants at Glassy in Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve by Patrick D. McMillan

Photography by Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom.

Plants that are non-native to North America are indictaed by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Scouts – Fall 2020

Richard visited Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve & Wildcat Wayside Park on September 23rd & Penny was at Ashmore Heritage Preserve on October 9th.  Photography by Richard Holzman & Penny Longhurst. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Summer in Connestee – 2020

We can’t let Henderson County get all the glory. Transylvania County’s turn!

Photography by Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom and enter the slide show.

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Native Flora of Henderson County Walkways – August & September, 2020 – Part 2

With loads of time on his hands, Ken and his co-leader, Annie, have been documenting the flora of Henderson County walkways. Their walkies have taken them to the Oklawaha Greenway, Fletcher Park, Park Ridge Nature Trail, & the Park at Flat Rock. Previous posts showed what they saw in early-summer  & late-summer. Here are the remaining late-summer native plant pictures.  Photography by Ken Borgfeldt. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

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Native Flora of Henderson County Walkways – August & September, 2020 – Part 1

With loads of time on his hands, Ken and his co-leader, Annie, have been documenting the flora of Henderson County walkways. Their walkies have taken them to the Oklawaha Greenway, Fletcher Park, Park Ridge Nature Trail, & the Park at Flat Rock. A previous post showed what they saw in early-summer.  Here is a partial late-summer update – more to follow! Photography by Ken Borgfeldt. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).