I was charmed by wildflowers in the South.
“Earth laughs in flowers…”~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before the trip to Kentucky and Tennessee, I did not think of wildflowers much. I saw plenty of them on the hiking trails of the National Parks that we visited and I loved how they lit up the mostly green trails.
No one tends to them. They come out at their own time, a part of the natural world dictated by the seasons rather than human intervention.
I started to stop and look at them closely which frustrated my husband who wanted to be in front of the hike close to the park ranger leading our group.
However, I had to pause and take a picture. Of course, I did not know how each were called! It was fun researching which wildflower I have a photo of. Here are photos of those that I have successfully identified.
“For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.” ~Edward Abbey