Springtime in New England

In May 2019 Penny took a wildflower & waterfalls trip to New England. The route was north on Route 7 from the Connecticut/Massachusetts border to Burlington, Vermont, and then further north almost to the Canadian border before returning south alongside I-91. It was like revisiting the Blue Ridge Parkway April wildflowers; mostly familiar with a few new ones added in.  Photography by Penny Longhurst.

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom and enter the slide show.

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Yellowstone National Park

Another double-header! Joe and Penny have shared pictures of their trips to Yellowstone. Joe & Mary camped there during August 2010 & Penny visited in May 2016 and September 2017 (23 waterfalls!). Photography by Joe Standaert & Penny Longhurst

Resources:

Wildflower Search – Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park 

Yellowstone National Patk – Albums

Yellowstone Wildflowers App

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The South Carolina Botanical Garden

The South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, SC is currently open 7 am to sunset with only the trails open. This is a large garden at 295 acres with many habitats. Allow a day to visit remembering that many visits through the growing season are needed to see all the botanical treasures. I am still exploring.

Although it is possible to park near the main entrance and walk the varied trails from end to end, my visitation strategy has been evolving. For a first time visit this is my suggestion which you can revise depending on your time and botanical interest.

Using the main entrance off Perimeter Road, turn left to the parking area. The trails here criss-cross with different themes like Hosta, Celtic, wildlife, dwarf conifer, picnic, camellia and so on. Return to your car and proceed right from the main entrance to the Geology Museum with its collection of minerals and fossils and the desert garden which has the largest collection of Southwestern plants east of Texas.

Drive back towards the main entrance about a quarter mile turning right at the Piedmont Prairie. Not a great variety here so continue on the trail which leads to more SC habitats, the most interesting is the Carnivorous section.

Drive to the main entrance turning right onto Perimeter Road and after a half mile turn right onto Garden Trail. Stay right past the Conference Center to the Children’s Garden and Butterfly Garden (parking is limited) both good for butterflies. Walk down the road to the Hunt Cabin which is the start of more SC habitats, open area for summer plants and a woodland with spring ephemerals.

A garden map is available at the main parking, Desert Garden and near the Hunt Cabin. More info at https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/about-us/index.html

Photography and text by Richard W. Holzman. Pictures were taken between the months of April and October.

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Hiking in The English Lake District

Lucy writes “Here are pictures from the Lake District in England. Bob and I always stay in Grasmere when we go there, and from there we walk to our hearts’ content, miles and miles of footpaths, some going up into the fells, some along rushing streams, some to beautiful old houses and gardens, and all of them passing through beautiful villages with cozy pubs and cottages, gardens brimming with flowers. Always more miles to wander and more adventures beckoning. And if you get too weary to go further, there are wonderful buses to bring you back to Grasmere!”. Photography by Lucy Prim

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Hiking in Oregon – June 2017

Another wildflowers and waterfalls trip! We started in Portland and quickly revisited the Columbia Gorge waterfalls before heading south to Silverton. We then continued south to Silver Falls State Park, Cottage Grove, Lemolo Lake, & Crater Lake (only 1 mile of the loop road was open because of snow!). We then turned back northward to Odell Lake, Bend, Sisters, & back to Silverton & then Portland. We saw 69 named waterfalls and a ton of wildflowers!  If you can identify the unknowns please add a comment. Pictures are arranged in the order described above. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Photography by Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom and enter the slide show.

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Colorado Wildflowers – July 2018

My son and his family invited me to tag along while they spent a week at Beaver Creek, Colorado. I think they had in mind to do away with me as we rode ATV ‘s in the back country and Segways through the local town. I survived and spent a lot of time hiking and photographing wildflowers which are included in this virtual tour. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Photography by Ken Borgfeldt.

Resources:

Wildflowers of Colorado

Colorado Wildflowers App

Plant Identification App

 

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Hiking in Washington State – June 2018

Pictures are from a June 2018 hiking trip to explore the waterfalls of Washington State. We started in Portland and crossed into Washington on the Bridge of the Gods. After visiting Beacon Rock State Park, we drove north through Gifford Pinchot National Forest & Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to Mount Rainier National Park. The day we arrived it was so cloudy/foggy we had to ask someone in the parking lot which direction we  needed to go to find the Paradise Inn; it was less than 100 feet away! We then continued north to Twin Falls Natural Area, Wallace Falls State Park, & Wenatchee National Forest before returning south. We visited 53 waterfalls! Some of the plants we saw are identical to those found here in the NC mountains; some are cousins, in the same genus. Pictures are arranged in the order described above. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Photography by Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom and enter the slide show.

Reference Sources

NPS – Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers