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Spring Beauties

trilliumWhite_680Actually, Spring Beauties is another flowering plant that now that I think of it, is probably blooming just up the road.Here is Trillium grandiflorum, white phase. It can also emerge as a light to medium shade of pink.About 9:00 of a morning, the light tops the east ridge, sending angled shafts of sunlight through the trees. Branches are still only partially filled out as leaves slowly emerge.If you keep your eyes open, you can sometimes find one of those beams of light from 90 million miles away where it falls just so, onto and … Continue Reading ››

Diversity: Rock Castle Gorge

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Rock Castle Gorge was one of the first places I explored after becoming a biology teacher at Wytheville Community College in 1975.A friend at Tech (previously from Auburn) had heard about it as a botanical destination. I drove over from Wythe County passing through "downtown" Floyd early on a Saturday morning. Talk about your sleepy rural village.A friend and I made a casual mile walk down and back along the severely-washed out trail (in some obvious places) and accumulated a couple of dozen … Continue Reading ››