Saturday, June 17, 2017

Panthertown with Dan Pittillo

What could be better than a beautiful day in Panthertown Vally with Dan Pittillo!?!
Our SAPS trip on June 6 was perfect.
Dan began the day with the history of this unique “Yosemite of the East" - its formation, geology, diverse habitats, as well as its history since the logging of the 1930’s.
We saw amazing vistas, a sandy “beach,” wetland areas, rocky outcrops and the diverse flora in each.  Lunch was at the beautiful Schoolhouse Falls.
On the walk were Virginia Willard, board member of Friends of Panthertown, and Ray Daniel a Panthertown "neighbor.”  At the end of the walk, Ray invited us to stop by his house on the way out to see his view.  An amazing view of Laurel Knob from his back yard.  A lovely way to end the day.

Kathy and Karen share their photos of our adventure.

Karen's photos:

Rhododendrons and Laurels

Racemed Milkwort; Polygala polygama
closeup of above

Lunch and rest

Pale Corydalis; Capnoides sempervirens

Little Green Mountain

Mountain Laurel; Kalmia latifolia

Flame Azalea; R. calendulaceum

Geology lesson

Big Green Mountain

Birch Tree Story

Carolina Rhododendron; R. minus

Fly Poison; Amianthuium muscaetoxicum
(brownish bracts show beneath the flowers)

Red Eft

Top of Little Green Mountain

Laurel Knob from Ray Daniel's home

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mulkey Gap with Dan Rawlins - May 5, 2017

Dan Rawlins introduced us to a very special area in the Cooper's Creek Wildlife Management Area on the Duncan Ridge Trail in Georgia.  With a chilly and overcast morning, 15 hardy participants were rewarded as the rain held off until the end.   The forest was beautiful with so many blooming Pink Lady's Slippers, Cypripedium acaule, which were found under a Pine forest that had well-drained soils and a consistently low pH that favors the conditions that the slippers like.  After admiring and photographing them we headed down a lovely trail to learn more from Dan about the plants around us.  Other plants blooming were Yellow Star Grass, Canada Violets, Yellow Mandarin, MayApple, Crested Dwarf Iris, Foam Flower, Umbrella Leaf, Mountain Meadow Rue, Meadow Parsnip, Catesby's Trillium, Vasey's Trilium, Large Flowered Trillium, Solomon's Plume and Dutchman's Pipe.  Dan had many stories to relate about the plants and how they got their names. We thank Dan for a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience in a beautiful forest.

Photos by David Fann:

Photos by Karen Lawrence: