Dan Vining

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Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone [Anemone quinquefolia] found on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina on 8 April 2022. It’s a member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 459, says it’s out spring to early summer in woods, thickets, and stream banks. USDA Plants Listing: Anemone quinquefolia

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy or Gill-over-the-ground [Glechoma hederacea] photographed in Fletcher, North Carolina on 5 April 2022. It’s a member of the Mint (Lamiaceae or Labiatae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 586, states this widespread species was introduced from Eurasia, blooms from Spring to midsummer, and is found in disturbed places. USDA Plants …

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Kidney-leaf or Littleleaf Buttercup

Kidney-leaf or Littleleaf Buttercup [Ranunculus abortivus] found by the roadside in Fletcher, North Carolina on 29 March 2022. It’s a member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. One common name is derived from its kidney-shaped basal leaf. Peterson’s Field Guide to Wildflowers, page 132, says it can be found in “woods and damp thickets,” with tiny …

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Bloodroot

Bloodroot [Sanguinaria canadensis] found on Bearwallow Mountain on 3 April 2015 and in Gerton on 26 March 2016, 15 April 2017, and 21 March 2022. It’s a member of the Poppy (Papaveraceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 364-365, states that its juice is orange-red and it blooms in early Spring in rich woods. USDA Plants …

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Trumpet Creeper or Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Creeper or Trumpet Vine [Campsis radicans] found outside the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea on 17 June 2013 and in Asheville, North Carolina on 26 June 2016 and 2 July 2021. It’s a member of the Trumpet-creeper or Bignonia (Bignoniaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 328-329, says that it grows in moist woods and …

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Meadow Fritillary

Meadow Fritillary [Boloria bellona] on Butterfly-Weed [Asclepias tuberosa] photos were taken in our backyard in Fletcher, North Carolina on 24 June 2021. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 286, says “these aptly named butterflies occupy moist meadows associated with woodlands during summer.”

World’s Only Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota

Images from a visit to The World’s Only Corn Palace, in Mitchell, South Dakota, on 15 June 2021.

Dignity: Of Earth and Sky, South Dakota

Dignity statue at a South Dakota rest area off Interstate 70, near Chamberlain, 15 June 2021.  One of Ward Whiwam’s concrete tipis is also found there.

Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota

Images from a visit to Mount Rushmore National Monument, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on Flag Day, 14 June 2021.  Presidents (left-to-right):  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.  Executed by sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, beginning in  October 1927 and completed by his son, Lincoln, in October 1941.

Ovid, Idaho

We travelled through Ovid, Idaho on our way to Montpelier on U.S. Route 89, on 11 June 2021.  It was a stop on the Oregon Trail.