Mystery Number Two

October 01, 2014  •  1 Comment

This is the second of three mysteries I encountered this past week. We saw this in two different locations: along the banks of the Hiwassee River and on the middle fork of The Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I posted this picture in the Tennessee Outdoor Photographers' group on Facebook and got an identification in less than three minutes. Isn't the internet great?

Turns out it has several names--American Strawberry Bush, Hearts-a-Burstin, to name just two. It's not a very large fruit, smaller than a ping pong ball, but it's pink exterior and orange seeds are a bit garish in the late summer landscape, making it difficult to ignore. Tomorrow is the third mystery. For more information, check out the link http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=EUAM9


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Connie Klockentager(non-registered)
How fun to discover new and beautiful things in nature. This blossom/fruit is beautiful. I love the structure, the texture, and the colors. Most of all, I love your use of it. Thanks, John, for sharing your discoveries and talents with us.
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