Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wildflowers and waterfalls

It was so great to be hiking in the Smokies (Great Smoky Mountain National Park) over the last few days, as part of the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.  Wonderful wildflowers, great streams, creeks, and rivers all make for an amazing natural experience. The Smokies are remarkable for their diversity and resilience (post-logging).  It's our most visited national park in the U.S.
Mouse Creek Falls
A hike along Big Creek (on the western edge of the park) was lovely today.  Mouse Creek Falls was delightful,
Silene virginica
as was the Silene in the seepage slope on the way.
moss sporophytes

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