Category: Places


Spotted-Mandarin [Prosartes maculata] found in Pisgah National Forest, Candler, North Carolina on 13 April 2023. It’s a member of the Lily (Liliaceae) family.  National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 305, says it’s out in woods in spring and also called Nodding-Mandarin. USDA Plants Listing: Prosartes maculata


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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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.

Thomas Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada

Thomas Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, near Spring Creeek, Nevada on 9 and 10 June 2021. It is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  It was sunny, windy, and relatively warm when we arrived, but there were snow pellets on our tent when we woke up the following morning.


Snowmelt [Sarcodes sanguinea] found at Emerald Bay State Park and South Lake Tahoe, California on 8 and 9 June 2021. It’s a member of the Indian Pipe (Monotropaceae) family and “is the only mycotrophic wildflower in the heath (Ericaceae) that is not a ghostly white color or various shades of reddish to purplish brown,” according …

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 3 June 2021.  The Grand Canyon Railway was taken from Williams to visit the South Rim of the park.