Searching for Wildflowers

Since I’m always taking pictures of nature, I thought it would only make sense to start trying identify some plants. My other goal is to eventually use the images in my embroidery pieces. To help in tracking down what’s what, I received a lovely copy of the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Wildflowers – Eastern Region for my birthday in December. Spring finally decided to come around and the flowers are coming up, so I can actually start using this book.

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It’s quickly become apparent that plant identification is not that easy. There are so many variations for flowers and leafs that are based on areas. Also, just because you see a flower, does not mean it’s a wildflower. It could easily be a flowering vine or something else.

A friend and I hit the Appalachian Trail yesterday in Nantahala National Forest for a day hike. It’s still a bit brown up there, but the forest is trying. Ferns and flowers were sprouting, and buds were trying to come out on trees. I snapped pictures of a few flowers. And I took a number of pictures of ferns (though I still need to get a book on fern identification).

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Large -flowered Trillium: These flowers were located at a lower elevation, where the trail climbed up from the road. Sparingly sprinkled throughout the woods, these plants consisted of one large white flower with broad green leaves. They were turned up when we started hiking, as if searching for sunlight. When we came back down, they had twisted outwards.

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Philadelphia Fleabane – Fuzzy little flowers found in small clumps throughout the woods. They were often right next to the violets.

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Violet – This appears to be some sort of violet. Based on guidebook descriptions, our region, and location within the forest, I think this is the Common Blue Violet, but it is a bit lighter in color, matching that of Birdsfoot Violet.

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