Gray’s Lily

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A rare and endangered Gray’s Lily, found only in high elevation grassy balds.

Late Bloomer

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New England Aster almost ready to bloom.  Common in fields and forest edges in Tennessee’s late summer/early autumn months.

Tickseed Sunflower

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Found along fields and roadsides in late summer and early autumn in Tennessee.  Here’s another:

Nature’s Remedy

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Nature almost always provides a remedy for her poisons.  In the case of Poison Ivy, the remedy is a plant called Jewelweed (also referred to as a Touch-Me-Not).  And yes, it sometimes grows in the same areas that you’ll find Poison Ivy.  This time of year Jewelweed is flowering with the small pretty yellow flower (seen above), or with a brighter orange flower of the same shape.

This is a very powerful remedy and will normally stop the itching and spreading of Poison Ivy very quickly.  Simply crush up some leaves and rub them on the infected areas.  Or, if you know that you’ve come in contact with Poison Ivy, rub the Jewelweed leaves on your skin, and you may not get infected at all.  You can also slice open the stem of the plants and rub the liquid on your skin.  I’ve read that Jewelweed with the orange flowers (called Spotted Touch-me-nots) may be more effective than the Yellow Jewelweed, so if you see both growing in the same area (which is very common), opt for the plants with the orange flowers.

You can also freeze and save Jewelweed for later use.  Chop up leaves and boil in water until you get a dark orange liquid (again using the plants with orange flowers).  Strain that liquid and pour and freeze in ice trays.  It will keep in the freezer for up to one year.  Just rub that ice cube on the infected areas and you’ll be amazed at the healing properties.

By the way, everything above the ground on the Jewelweed plant is edible, and the flowers also make a good digestive tonic.

Roan Highlands

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The beauty of the Roan Highlands in June!

Knockout Rose

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One of my favorite shrub-type plants.  If you think you can’t grow roses, you should try these.  Knockout Roses bloom all summer long, and are beautiful.

I took this shot early in the morning, while the dew was still on the plant.

Bumble Bee

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A Bumble Bee flying over a white Azelea.

This was a tough capture.  I closed the aperture to f/13.0 so I’d have a better chance to getting the bee in focus, and then I raised the ISO to 800 to ensure a very fast shutter speed.  The rest of it was pure luck.

Dandelion Detail

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Common Dandelion…

Lingering Blossom

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I found this lingering Dogwood blossom all alone in an area where most had already fallen.

Dogwood Sunrise

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I’ll make this week’s theme all about Dogwoods since they’re almost in full bloom right now.

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh