Foxfire

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One of the neatest things I ever stumbled across in Bent Tree was back in 2012. I was walking the Beaver Run Trail one dark morning and saw a weird yellow-green glowing in the distance. I kept heading towards the glow and came across a patch of bioluminescent fungi…foxfire.  The photos above and below show two of the glowing fungi, but the photos don’t come close to capturing how amazing it looked in person.  Click the photo below to zoom:

July 22, 2012  - Biouminescence in Bent Tree

July 22, 2012 – Foxfire in Bent Tree

Red and Green

Last Sunday, I was snapping photos of some red cardinal flowers along the edge of Lake Tamarack and finally realized that there was a little green heron in the middle (see second photo below for closeup).

August 18, 2019 - Cardinal flowers (and a green heron) along Lake Tamarack in Bent Tree

August 18, 2019 – Cardinal flowers (and a green heron) along Lake Tamarack in Bent Tree

August 18, 2019 - closeup of the green heron

August 18, 2019 – closeup of the green heron

Passionflower Pollination

This passionflower vine (Maypop) in Bent Tree was full of flowers, pollen, buzzing bees, and fruit (second photo below). I’ve posted Bent Tree passionflower photos almost every year.  Click here for a post from two years ago that might bring back some childhood memories.

August 21, 2019 - Passionflower and bees in Bent Tree

August 21, 2019 – Passionflower and bees in Bent Tree

August 21, 2019 - Passionflower (maypop) fruit in Bent Tree - it "may pop" if you step on it

August 21, 2019 – Passionflower (Maypop) fruit in Bent Tree – it “may pop” if you step on it

Pollinators Galore

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Yesterday was the final day of 2019’s National Pollinator Week.  While the power was out at our cabin, I took a morning stroll down one of Bent Tree’s trails, and came across a patch of blooming Downy False-foxglove that was literally buzzing with pollinators.  Look closely at the photo above to see a pollen basket on the bee.

June 23, 2019 - Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree

June 23, 2019 – Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)

 

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-pulpits were abundant in Bent Tree this spring.  The photo below was taken in early May.  Click here to link to a post from 7 years ago, when there were Jack-in-the-pulpits aplenty.  That post gives more information about the plant and what to look for.

May 4, 2019 - Jack-in-the-Pulpit in Bent Tree

May 4, 2019 – Jack-in-the-Pulpit in Bent Tree

True and False

Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal have been blooming in Bent Tree this month.  Both plants are native in Georgia and have similar leaves, but have very different flowers (see photos below).

May 2, 2019 - Solomon's Seal growing in Bent Tree

May 2, 2019 – Solomon’s Seal in Bent Tree (usually has

 

May 4, 2019 - False Solomon's Seal in Bent Tree

May 4, 2019 – False Solomon’s Seal in Bent Tree