We decided to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy the spring explosion in the lower elevations by visiting both Porters Creek and the Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail.
One of our first treats of the hike was this fine patch of crested dwarf irises, a favorite of both of ours.
On the return trip we stopped by the Whaley homestead. Upon her exploring of the spring house, Bonnie pointed out this smal crawfish.
Several slopes were blanketed in the White Fringed Phacelia at both Porters Creek and the Chimneys Picnic Area.
I figured I would take it easy today, hiking wise, mostly because of the amazing success I had in seeing wildflowers yesterday. So a quick morning trip over to the Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail was in order. I obviously chose the right time to be there because there were a ton of people with the big camera tripods and super extendo lenses, standing, crouching, and laying everywhere. In between all the people I was able to enjoy the plethora of trillium, white fringed phacelia, squirrel corn, and violets that covered the slopes. I even managed to spot a few dwarf ginseng along the way. Well that's it for this week, the mountain is calling.