The Hills Are Alive With . . . Wild Flowers and Happy Critters

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Orange and red trumpet flower on a small tree taken by Bubba McClary

This blog post will be mostly photographs.  The wild flowers in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a riot of diversity, color, fragrance and size.  There are many bears with cubs, making their debut.  Deer, Elk, Turkey, Rabbits, Squirrel, Ground Hogs and so much more.  If I did not add a name to the picture of the flower, it is because I am clueless as to what they are called. I have never seen many of these before.  I have been told that I can buy a book at the ranger station to help me identify them and (naturally) I will.  I am so thankful our National Parks are preserving these.  I did not take all these pictures, as it takes time and equipment I do not have, but I will give credit to those wonderful photographers, who trek into these woods.  Enjoy!

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Creeping Phlox

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Gwen Cross photography

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Gwen Cross Photography

Orchid Gwen Cross

Orchid by Gwen Cross Photography

Trillium Gwen Cross

Trillium by Gwen Cross Photography

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Wild Rhododendron

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Mountain Laurel

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Ornamental Maple (not native, but planted here in abundance)

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Some type of wild Magnolia

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Cantilever Barn in Cade’s Cove

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Mushrooms grown here and harvested from the woods here

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Wild Azalea. Photo by Hank McClary

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Sweet Shrub. Often planted near cabin windows for their fragrance (back when we slept with windows open)

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Lady Slipper. Photo by Gwen Cross

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This is not wisteria, it is a flowering tree and the fragrance is divine.

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Red Bud

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Dogwood

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Orchid by Sharon McClary

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Some type of wild Iris (?)

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Rhododendron

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More mushrooms (for sale)

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