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The leaves have lovely texture, especially when backlit. Unfortunately that means lying on one's back to get the shot!

Dalai Lama.

 

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Hobblebush, Viburnum lantanoides

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry,

 

When I was very little, Aunt Joyce (Mom's best friend since high school) helped me make a miniature landscape in a bowl using moss. In it we placed several of those tiny ceramic animal figurines that came in Red Rose tea. We did this during a visit to her cottage, next door to the one my parents would buy when I was 15. We collected the moss on a walk through the woods.

 

Those were the days before the road went through, and we had to hike through the woods, over the hills to carry all our luggage and supplies from the car, or take a boat from the landing. I was probably 5 years old or less. I remember so very vaguely being afraid of the dark, afraid of deep water, afraid of leeches, possibly even afraid of the woods - at least I probably hated the long walk. I suppose she used this artistic project as a ploy to overcome my dislike for the woods.

 

I came to love Fletcher Lake more than anywhere else. By my early teens I came to love the dark, loved to swim in the deep, cool lake, and walked in the woods at every opportunity. Thank you, Joyce. I'm still not fond of leeches.

 

I couldn't help thinking of her and missing her when I began this series of miniature still lifes, especially this one using different kinds of moss. The rose moss (left), common fern moss (bottom), pincushion moss (right), hobblebush leaf, lichen, and Christmas fern all occur abundantly on my cottage property. The lacquered polypore (bracket fungus) came from nearby, and the granite background is the bedrock of the Canadian Shield. The diminutive plant goldthread was one of many species I identified myself from field guides when I became a teenage botany geek. I feel affection for its secret golden roots hidden in the moss.

Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.

 

We did a day of clipping and maintenance on this trail and given that my hands were full with tools photography took a back seat.

 

On the way down it was easier to take some pictures and the sun was lower and so, it was top-lighting the hobblebush leaves, some of which have started to turn (ugh). Mid-August seems to be a tipping point for some plants and early fall is in the air. Dang, we were just getting into summer.

Hobblebush, Moose Bush showing its 2 sets of annual leaves in foreground & background :>))

Richmond County, NC, on hobblebush.

Aristotle

 

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Viburnum lantanoides - Hobblebush - Adoxaceae - Wildflower

  

Muskoka is one of those places like many places that has the potential to grab you and make you want to stay

It is also where

Marilyn

makes her home...an area of immense beauty with great natural beauty, birds, many animals and of course DEER

 

This is dedicated to Marilyn who had her Birthday recently but this is not just a belated Birthday wish but also a humble showing of appreciation to a wonderful Flickr Friend who just happens to live in Paradise ....ok it may be bug ridden at times and yes the weather can test many ....but it is a Paradise nonetheless

 

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Muskoka is known for its remarkable natural beauty and rich heritage. Tall whispering pine trees, granite cliffs, and clear lakes, makes Muskoka a favorite destination for summer cottagers, and is cherished as paradise by permanent residents.

 

Muskoka has an abundance and diversity of botanical species including 420 rare species. The nationally and provincially rare Virginia Meadow Beauty, which is now common only to the Atlantic coastal plain, continues to survive since glacier times on the shorelines of Muskoka. Red Spruce is another glacial remnant of Muskoka, which is now more at home in the Maritimes. Hobblebush, uncommon in many parts of the province, thrives in Muskoka environs.

 

Muskoka has the richest diversity of herptiles in the Province. It includes such rare species as the Five-lined Skink, which favors large expanses of undisturbed granite outcrops. The provincially rare Massassauga Rattle Snake and Hognose Snake are also residents of Muskoka.

 

In addition, Muskoka is home to 65 rare breeding birds including six nationally rare species: Least Bittern, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Caspian Tern, Eastern Bluebird, and Prairie Warbler.

 

From the Muskoka Heritage website: www.muskokaheritage.org/whoweare.asp

Hobble Bush is another common name. I like the texture of their leaves. Blue ridge Parkway, North Carolina

In my trip around the Northern Whites the last few days, I took dozens of different landscape compositions. But for some reason, this may be my favorite shot of the trip...

Hard to balance the lights and shadows in the "gap"! - For Advent you get 2 Kanc photos a day, 2 Hobblebush leaf and 1 1990 family pic :>))) This was my 1st ride since living in NH for the last 26 years! Everyone else's pics are so much better than mine; search flickr for great shots :>)

"If you like nature and the mountains, the Kancamagus Highway (aka: "The Kanc," or misspelled as Kangamangus Highway and Kangamagus Highway) is a must see! The Kancamagus Highway, constructed in 1959 is traveled by over a million people each year. The Kancamagus Highway cuts a 34 mile east-west channel through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln NH to Conway NH. When the dense trees change their leaves from their summer greens to breathtaking shades of yellow and red in the Fall, they are illuminated against the colorful mountains, making this a dramatic and enjoyable leaf-peeping route. Motorcyclists relish the twists and turns as the highway climbs to almost 3,000 feet at the peak of Mount Kancamagus. The easily accessible trailheads and parking areas are often sought by hikers. The smooth and rocky swimming holes, carved by erosion, lure families craving relief from the summer heat." www.nhtourguide.com/tripreports/kancamagus_highway_new_ha...

This time around we (my 2 & 4 yr old granddaughters and me) stayed in the car and I often shot through my windshield stopped in the quiet (a miracle!) road while they slept but there are trails, stops and pull-offs that others make it a vacation must!!

The leaves of the hobblebush turn a variety of colors in the fall.

 

Pittsburg, NH

For Advent you get 2 Kanc photos a day, 2 Hobblebush leaf and 1 1990 family pic :>))) This was my 1st ride since living in NH for the last 26 years! Everyone else's pics are so much better than mine; search flickr for great shots :>)

"If you like nature and the mountains, the Kancamagus Highway (aka: "The Kanc," or misspelled as Kangamangus Highway and Kangamagus Highway) is a must see! The Kancamagus Highway, constructed in 1959 is traveled by over a million people each year. The Kancamagus Highway cuts a 34 mile east-west channel through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln NH to Conway NH. When the dense trees change their leaves from their summer greens to breathtaking shades of yellow and red in the Fall, they are illuminated against the colorful mountains, making this a dramatic and enjoyable leaf-peeping route. Motorcyclists relish the twists and turns as the highway climbs to almost 3,000 feet at the peak of Mount Kancamagus. The easily accessible trailheads and parking areas are often sought by hikers. The smooth and rocky swimming holes, carved by erosion, lure families craving relief from the summer heat." www.nhtourguide.com/tripreports/kancamagus_highway_new_ha...

This time around we (my 2 & 4 yr old granddaughters and me) stayed in the car and I often shot through my windshield stopped in the quiet (a miracle!) road while they slept but there are trails, stops and pull-offs that others make it a vacation must!!

For Advent you get 2 Kanc photos a day, 2 Hobblebush leaf and 1 1990 family pic :>))) This was my 1st ride since living in NH for the last 26 years! Everyone else's pics are so much better than mine; search flickr for great shots :>)

"If you like nature and the mountains, the Kancamagus Highway (aka: "The Kanc," or misspelled as Kangamangus Highway and Kangamagus Highway) is a must see! The Kancamagus Highway, constructed in 1959 is traveled by over a million people each year. The Kancamagus Highway cuts a 34 mile east-west channel through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln NH to Conway NH. When the dense trees change their leaves from their summer greens to breathtaking shades of yellow and red in the Fall, they are illuminated against the colorful mountains, making this a dramatic and enjoyable leaf-peeping route. Motorcyclists relish the twists and turns as the highway climbs to almost 3,000 feet at the peak of Mount Kancamagus. The easily accessible trailheads and parking areas are often sought by hikers. The smooth and rocky swimming holes, carved by erosion, lure families craving relief from the summer heat." www.nhtourguide.com/tripreports/kancamagus_highway_new_ha...

This time around we (my 2 & 4 yr old granddaughters and me) stayed in the car and I often shot through my windshield stopped in the quiet (a miracle!) road while they slept but there are trails, stops and pull-offs that others make it a vacation must!!

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

 

It was very humid and wet today but I'd not been on this trail for a while so I hiked the few miles up to the Appalachian Trail intersection.

 

This hobblebush plant was nicely lit and contrasty so I took a few shots of it.

On these leaf photos, I mostly changed the contrast and that's all :>) I've found out these are Hobblebush or Moose Bush leaves from the Viburnum alnifolium plant which I found on the lower slopes of Mt. Kearsarge in Wilmot, NH

A look round a friend's garden ... some interesting and unusual plants there, mostly native to the area ... I had never heard of this before.

 

Agarista populifolia is a species in the family Ericaceae with the common name of Florida Hobblebush or Pipestem.

 

It forms dense thickets which are difficult to penetrate, thus the common name. It is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers on the underside of its arching branches.

 

It is found in the south-eastern United States inhabiting moist to wet woodlands, preferring neutral to acid soil.

Ellen Burstyn

 

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Viburnum lantanoides - Hobblebush - Adoxaceae

 

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Lucille Ball

 

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Bretton Woods XC Ski trails - On a hike exploring the Ammonoosuc Trail System - Clinton Trail

 

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We had this species the same location we had the female B1ackburnian in my earlier post. We saw this small flowering tree nearby and thought it would be a nice setting to attempt to photograph the Parula. Both the male and the female Parula foraged at some length in this tree, working the blooms for small insects.

 

…we shall surely hang separately.

Thomas Pain

 

I posted her mate some time back. They were foraging together in the hobblebush. The spring males get most all the attention by those photographing warblers so I always take pleasure in opportunities to photograph the females. They are generally duller overall in color. Compared to her mate her chest bands are less colorful, her face lacks black in the lores (the area between eye and beak), and her blues are less vivid.

A viburnum also know as hobble bush. Balsam picnic area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Viburnum lantanoides. The large white flowers surrounding this cluster are sterile and used by the Viburnum only for the purpose of attracting pollinators.

Hobblebush, Spruce Fir Forest Trail, Swain County, North Carolina, August 2016

Saw this plant for the first time_just loved its sculptural look. Eventually the leaf opens out flat.

 

I was told its name by another on the orienteering session. He said that moose like to graze on it.

 

Thank you Bonnie 139 for the positive id of hobble-bush (viburnum alnifolium.)

Also known as hobble bush, Spruce-Fir Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains Nationa Park

bunches of bright red berries on a medium-sized shrub

Viburnum lantanoides HOBBLEBUSH or WITCH-HOBBLE Caprifoliaceae

Parking lot at Goose Pond trailhead, West Shore Road, Alexandria, NH 7/24/17

And there are probably lots of great hobblebush leaves that competed at ground level for the most glorious natural color:>)) For Advent you get 2 Kanc photos a day, 2 Hobblebush leaf and 1 1990 family pic :>))) This was my 1st ride since living in NH for the last 26 years! Everyone else's pics are so much better than mine; search flickr for great shots :>)

"If you like nature and the mountains, the Kancamagus Highway (aka: "The Kanc," or misspelled as Kangamangus Highway and Kangamagus Highway) is a must see! The Kancamagus Highway, constructed in 1959 is traveled by over a million people each year. The Kancamagus Highway cuts a 34 mile east-west channel through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln NH to Conway NH. When the dense trees change their leaves from their summer greens to breathtaking shades of yellow and red in the Fall, they are illuminated against the colorful mountains, making this a dramatic and enjoyable leaf-peeping route. Motorcyclists relish the twists and turns as the highway climbs to almost 3,000 feet at the peak of Mount Kancamagus. The easily accessible trailheads and parking areas are often sought by hikers. The smooth and rocky swimming holes, carved by erosion, lure families craving relief from the summer heat." www.nhtourguide.com/tripreports/kancamagus_highway_new_ha...

This time around we (my 2 & 4 yr old granddaughters and me) stayed in the car and I often shot through my windshield stopped in the quiet (a miracle!) road while they slept but there are trails, stops and pull-offs that others make it a vacation must!!

The density of hobblebush blooms in Franconia Notch this year is extraordinary! Conditions were tough to shoot in yesterday, but I came away with this one just below the Basin!

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