I wander around the wilderness behind the house every day, almost. I take a lot of photos of mushrooms, wildflowers, insects, leaves and anything else in nature, especially unusual or seldom noticed things. The wilderness is located in the northeast corner of Alabama. It's on the Cumberland Plateau, which is toward the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Mushrooms, Wild Azaleas and other wildflowers.
The last time I went walking down into the "big holler" I found some flowers growing that were just starting to bloom. They didn't look like any typical wildflower that I've seen, but like some kind of Iris from someone's yard. I went back today to take photos while they are in bloom. Here are the photos.
I looked these up and they are wildflowers. Wild Dwarf Crested Iris.
On my way there, I discovered some mushrooms growing. Last year was a bad year for mushrooms in the places where I walk in the wilderness. It was so dry. Maybe this year will be different. They are one of my favorite things to photograph. Here are the pictures.
Here's a couple of other wildflower shots. The purple one is a violet. I'm not sure about the yellow one.
I know where there are a few wild azalea bushes growing. It's the only place I know of around here where these grow. I'm sure there are others though. When my mother was living, I used to cut bunches of these and bring to her. She'd put them in a vase of water and they'd keep for several days. We used to call them bush honeysuckles, but I think the correct name is wild azalea.
Not completely opened yet. If I remember right, the blooms on this bush are more white than some of the others.