Tennessee Wildflowers

May 30, 2014  •  4 Comments

I'm not sure if the wildflower bloom this year is normal or more abundant, but it was quite nice.  I visited several locations in and around the Oak Ridge area looking for "color"

The River Bluff trail downstream from Norris Dam is a prime location for spotting trillium, dutchman's britches, and a host of others. Walking the three mile round trip will definitely give you ample opportunity to see and photograph many types of wildflowers. 

Twin Leaf


Other trails in and around the area are also very nice. Even though most of the wildflowers are small in size they more than make up for that aspect in quantity. 

Dutchman's Breeches Phlox


The UT Arboretum is only a few miles from me and very easy to access. I visited this location several times in hopes of capturing a good image of the elusive Lady Slipper. I was actually asked not to divulge the location as there aren't many and I would guess people would be wanting to pick them.

Lady Slipper


There are many other wildflowers at the arboretum which had a fantastic bloom this spring as you can see from the accompanying images. The daytime temperatures are starting to rise and the colors are beginning to fade. Looks like summertime is rearing it's ugly head.



Other flowering Plants at the UT Arboretum were very beautiful while they were blooming.


And finally, while exploring the area I ran across an old abandoned town called Calderwood.  On the site there where foundations, sidewalks, and fire hydrants. Life had left here long ago.  I came across this bloom from a tulip poplar tree. 

Tulip Poplar

Spring has passed and everything is green here.  I'm waiting for the Rhododendrons to bloom in the Smokies...


Janie Barbosa(non-registered)
Eldon & Bonny(non-registered)
Beautiful, as usual John! Reminds us of our many wildflower hikes in the
Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge, Ky. area.

Keep up the good work - looking forward to more.
Lovely pictures. The lead off white one is stunning.
Great photography as usual John. Keep up the good work. Wish you had a couple day here in western Washington. It is spectacular. The flowers are something else. Even the Scotch Broom is brilliant!
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