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.
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
Big Green Mountain
Birch Tree Story
Carolina Rhododendron; R. minus
Fly Poison; Amianthuium muscaetoxicum
(brownish bracts show beneath the flowers)
Top of Little Green Mountain
Laurel Knob from Ray Daniel's home