Rope em, tie em, brand em. Well maybe we can do without the last item.
Where are Emily or Ann when you need them?
Okay I got this next one Pink Lady Slippers. Quite a cluster and I thought they were supposed to be rare.
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
I have heard that the Smokies used to have a lot of Lady Slippers which could be seen from the hiking trails but now the ones near the trails are practically completely gone. Hikers picked or dug them up.
The following is from the:
The New England Birdhouse Blog
It contains a lot of neat wildlife information and feeds.
Pink lady’s slipper is a wildflower in the orchid family. It grows 6 – 15″ tall with two large basal leaves at the base of the plant. It is easily identifiable because of its bulbous flower hanging at the top of a tall leafless stalk. It generally flowers between May and July, is pink to whitish-pink, and sometimes all white. Another common name for this plant is moccasin flower.
Like most orchids, the lady’s slipper is symbiotic as it has a mutually beneficial relationship with a fungus. The pink lady’s slipper uses a fungus in the soil to break open their seeds and to draw food and nutrients to its seed. When the lady’s slipper plant is older, the fungus draws nutrients from the orchid’s roots. Pink lady’s slippers also require bees for pollination, luring them into the flower pouch through the front opening.
Pink lady’s slipper takes many years to mature, living twenty or more years. Pink lady’s slipper usually grows on a wet, acidic forest floor with mixed shade in the eastern United States. The plants should not be removed from the wild because of their rarity and the near impossibility of successfully transplanting and maintaining the plant. New plants are difficult to start because of the need for the symbiotic fungi and their particular growing conditions.
Indian Squaw Root (Conopholis americana)
One of the Red Efts that grace Old Rag's woods. The black circled red dots are very decorative. These guys do not move very fast so be careful not to step on them.
A Painted Box Turtle who turned out to be very gregarious. Quite a character.
We placed a lot of brush on a social trail that was really starting to get cut into the soil.
My consummate skill as a photographer LOL involves pointing and shooting a LOT then hoping that I get lucky once in a while.
This next one was a very lucky catch.
Enlarge it so you can see the expressions. Priceless!