Heintooga to Cherokee

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Last week we drove up the parkway to Heintooga again.  Didn’t see any elk this time but we almost got stuck behind these animal lovers.  Luckily they turned around.

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It was a pretty clear day, but a few clouds were bumping into the mountains.

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Pete likes the cool air.

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Oenothera or Evening Primrose were blooming.

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Not sure what this is, it’s not in either of my wildflower books.

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Joe Pye Weed about to bloom.

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Lots of Lillies.

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Lilium superbum

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More to come, they’re just getting started.

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Rhododendron maximum

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Looking West from the ridge of the Balsam Mountains.

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Not sure what this plant is, but the leaves are huge.

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If you know what this is, please leave a comment.

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Bee Balm

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Looking South from Heintooga.

Rhodies

Down the valley towards Cherokee the rhodies were blooming like crazy!

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Casino money makes for nice schools!

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Lets see, thats Tsalagi Gunagaloquasdi Dedanisgvi, I think.

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5 responses to “Heintooga to Cherokee

  1. Off topic: Just wanted to throw a shout-out to a fellow Iowahawk for Car Czar supporter.

    On topic: Nice pix.

  2. JB

    Hey Dean Nice to “meet” you.

  3. forest

    Is this the mystery plant? Looks similar, but the flower stems look to be a different color.

    http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plants/details/diphylleia-cymosa

  4. JB

    Yep, that’s it. Thanks.

  5. JB

    Wow, no wonder I’ve never seen it before, check out this range map: http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=6161&flora_id=1

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