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PostIcon Posted on: Apr. 08 2013, 9:58 am  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

i did a quick overnighter at Savage Gulf this weekend, lookin to see if anything was blooming yet. i hiked the south rim from Savage Falls down to Sawmill Campsite. pretty much nothing was blooming up on the rim, save for a smattering of yellow violets and bluets. i had much better luck down in the canyon, especially the area surrounding the campsite and Schwoon Spring...





















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Wow! Thanks for sharing these! Very very jealous!  :-)  Stuff has been slow to get going this year, but so worth the wait.   Those are some EXCELLENT wildflower shots!  A plus gold star material every one of them. I especially love the shots of the fiddleheads.  The first shot of the fern fiddleheads is my favorite. I'd frame that and put it on a wall. Love the earth tones and the graceful shapes. You can almost feel the fuzz on them the photo is so clear!

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yeah dude! i was pretty pysched about how a lot of these came out, especially the fiddleheads.

hey, i was hopin to get you to tell me what those purple flowers are at the end of the first post? these were all growing on top of a big boulder (very last photo after the fiddleheads). i didn't find them anywhere except for this one spot and there must of been 100+ blooms on this one rock.


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Purple phacelia. They are so pretty.  I have seen them growing this way in many places.  Road Turn manway in the Smokies they grow en masse atop a boulder. Rock Castle Gorge in Fentress Co. I saw the biggest cluster ever growing atop a boulder the size of a room.  They must have real shallow root systems to be able to do this and thrive.
Glad you liked your results. I know  you put a lot of effort into this. You should be proud!


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Thanks for the bloom report. I almost hiked Collins Gulf to Sawmill this past weekend, but opted for another trip to Frozen Head instead. Maybe I can catch Savage Gulf  in the next couple of weekends.

Awesome pics!


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Hey.. not to hijack Ashe's thread, but schlanky, what trails did you hike at Frozen Head?

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yeah, how was Frozen Head, Schlanky?  anything blooming up that a-ways?

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Very little blooming at Frozen Head. I walked a  loop on Spicewood and Chimney Top. Camped at Mart Fields. Saw lots of little things here and there and a few trillium plants, but no blooms. I'm guessing it'll be another week or two before things get good there.

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Schlanky, I thank you for sharing. I had set out to hike that exact hike. My backup plan was South Old Mac and Judge Branch. After speaking with a ranger I opted for plan B.  He had said nothing would be blooming up high. Upon looking around I had to agree with him.  Glad I saved that for a little later in the season!

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This time last year, the flowers were peaking there, but last weekend it still looked a lot like winter on the ridges. I had some really nice views off the mountain this trip that I didn't have when I went last year, but hate that I was too early for the blooms.

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I made it back to Frozen Head this weekend (April 20-21). Blooms are peaking there right now. Lots of white trillium and bellwort on top mile of North Old Mac from junction with Panther Branch Trail up to the top. The upper mile or so of Spicewood was also really nice. Smaller flowers (phlox, irises etc) are blooming on Judge Branch and Panther Branch Trails.

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man, i somehow manage to miss peak bloom every friggin year.

take any photos, Shlanky?


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I took a few but have been so busy since I got home (just bought a new house & we're still unpacking) that I haven't even pulled them off the camera. One of these days, I'm gonna actually sign up with a pic hosting service so I can post pictures again.

You might still be able to catch some stuff this weekend.


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yeah, i wish i could get out this weekend, but i don't think it's gonna happen.

congrats on the new house! we bought our first house last year... took us months to finally get settled. but we had a bunch of work to do on our place.


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Yeah--I'm probably gonna be unpacking the rest of the year.

Once we got everything moved into the new house, I told Mrs. schlanky I needed to try to sneak in a few backpacking trips while it's still cool. I made the promise that I'll work my a@@ off around the house during summer when it's too hot & buggy to hike.


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Thanks for sharing, I've really grown to enjoy the spring flowers around here.
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