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An Open Letter to the People who Camped by the River

This weekend, I drove down to my favorite wildflower site by the Cowpasture River. The Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) were in full bloom, spreading a sky blue carpet along the river. The blue of the flowers reflects back my favorite … Continue reading

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My Love Affair with Virginia Bluebells (Spring Ephemerals Part 2)

Another wildflower hike yesterday rewarded me with what I had been yearning for:  carpets of Virginia Bluebells spreading across the flood plains of the  Cowpasture River.   Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) bloom at that elevation (1200 feet or so) in April.  They grow one … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Southern Appalachians

A hike through a wooded area in Bath County, Virginia, today revealed a breath-taking number of often rare wildflowers.  Here are a few examples (please click on the images you’d like to see enlarged): The Virginia bluebells were just beginning … Continue reading

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