It's a good life.
That's a splendid flower. It looks like a Sputnik.
I remember seeing my first one at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge two summers ago. It was later in the season, though--mid-September. Nice photograph. Thanks for sparking the memory.
Wow, great shots on this post. I was going to post my buttonbush photos, but yours is much better. One of the things I like about your site is how many species we share even though you are way up "Nawth" in "Norcalina". That's the way the locals pronounced it when I was working in Oconaluftee. Oh, and I was a "Floridiot" for not knowing how to drive in snow.
FC, you should post your button bush pics -- gotta have those Florida representatives!Maybe they know how to drive in snow in the mountains of NC, but around here the wrecks start as soon as the first flake falls! Me, I'm a good little Southern girl and I stay off the road when it snows - I much prefer to be out in the woods looking for animal tracks during our rare snowfalls.
When you combine steep mountain roads with ice and snow and a flatlander from sunny Florida, you get some pretty interesting driving. I remember getting a driving lesson when I first arrived in the Smokies. A Ranger took the new guy (me) up 441 to a snow closed road and said, " Okay, drive." I remember his screams as we continued down the road sideways. Those guardrails before the dropoff are a wonderful thing.
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