Wildflowers with Wilson…the Results

With all the rain that we have had lately, it seems like the trees in the Park came to life overnight. It’s a new season of natural beauty with the wildflower season of this year having come to a close.

They were beautiful while they lasted though and we had a great time traipsing through the Park in search of some rare and hard to find blooms. In addition to the fun we had in finding the flowers, we also got to make some new friends who joined in on the “Wildflowers with Wilson Workshop”. Dave, Rita, Ronnie, and Martha, all from Alabama, have been staying at Tremont for the last thirty years and are avid wildflower afficianados. Between them and our friends, Heather, Jason, and Stephen, we had a fun filled day hiking, discovering, and photographing. Our friends from Alabama had been looking for different flowers all week during the Wildflower Pilgrimage program hosted through the National Park. They had found most of what they had been searching for, but there were a few elusive plants that they had yet to see. By the end of the day, we were able to check every flower off their list! We got pretty adventurous, not sticking to the trails all the time…our last venture required some bushwhacking to find our prize!

Here are a few photos of our finds. We are already looking forward to next year and the people we will get to meet!

 

yellow ladyslipper found on Little River Road

yellow ladyslipper found on Little River Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pink ladyslippers

pink ladyslippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

white trillium

white trillium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vasey trillium

vasey trillium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dwarf bearded irises

dwarf bearded irises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

columbine

columbine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

foamflower

foamflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

something a little unexpected..

something a little unexpected..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen updating his facebook status while out in the woods!

Stephen updating his facebook status while out in the woods!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson talking to part of our group after finding the pink ladyslippers

Wilson talking to part of our group after finding the pink ladyslippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wild bleeding heart

wild bleeding heart

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One Response to “Wildflowers with Wilson…the Results”

  1. […] Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also known as the “wildflower national park”?  That’s right, over 1600 types of flowering plants can be found in the Park, more than any other National Park.  Wilson Reynolds, the owner of Tremont Outdoor Resort, happens to be a professional nature photographer, instructor, all-round outdoor enthusiast and some might say wildflower expert.  So, you can imagine that nothing would make him happier than to wrap all those things together and get to share them with you at the same time!  Last year, Wilson taught this as a one day workshop, but we had so much fun that he has expanded it this year to start on Friday night and conclude on Sunday afternoon.  This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to register before all the spots fill up!  If you would like to look back on the summary of our excursion last year, you can read all about it here. […]

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