Tag Archive | Great Smoky Mountains

Friendly Fungus Beetle

This is your warning that if you don’t like bugs stop and turn close this, you won’t like this post. When I camp I take hundreds of pictures with the hope of seeing and learning about new things. Like my last post, this was a new discovery. My husband and I saw beetles that we never remember seeing before. Pretty cool huh? I think their name says it all. Plus I found out that it is rare to even see them at all since they are generally nocturnal. I guess they were out since it was a rainy dreary day.

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Photo Surprise

Ever notice how sometimes you get so caught up in looking for one thing you miss something else that is even better? That is what happened here. I was so busy photographing and looking at the flower that I missed the little fellow to the right of the flower! Only when I got home and was able to look at the pictures did I even see him. I had to do some research to find out that he is a southern two-lined salamander.  I can tell you that he is VERY small since the flower is quite small. I believe the flower is a “common violet” even though these were white. For anyone who wants to tell me what it is, the picture was taken near the horse camp in the Cataloochee Valley part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in April.

Fishing Flies

We are planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains NP during spring break to go fishing and wildlife watching. My husband asked me if I’d make him some flies for the trip. Years ago I learned how to do this from a guy in Blue Ridge Georgia. It has been over 15 years since I made any but I still had some supplies. Anyway here are ones I made today.
They are green caddis larva, just a bug and 5 Gurgle Pops. I am hoping to make about 30 flies before the trip.I will make other varieties in the next few weeks so he has a plenty to choose from and can’t say it was just a fly of mine that was the reason he didn’t catch something!

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