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|Bristly Locust flower, 5/22/08||A 12-acre lake created by the damming of Cascade Creek, 5/22/08||View from Moore's Knob summit||Pilot Mountain: view from Moore's Knob summit|
Stars can shine. In fact, stars can light up the sky: even at new moon, everything here was clearly visible at night. The air was so clean I could get to the summit of Moore's Knob (2500 feet) with little more effort than it takes to do a routine walk back home in the big city. We never think of air quality as being related to heart health, but maybe we should start doing it.
|Ant dragging a bee by one wing. Bee was marginally alive.||Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo), Moore's Knob Trail near summit, Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, NC, 4/10/10||Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum), somewhat past "blooming" time||Leaf beetle (Chrysomela scripta), seen at the observation tower at the summit of Moore's Knob, far from anything with leaves on it.||Mourning Cloak. Photo taken by Karl D. Gottschalk.|
|Field Pansy||Small (10 mm) scarab beetle (Hoplia trivia)||Halberd-leaved (Yellow) Violet (Viola hastata). Seen at the same elevation as the lake (about 1200 feet).||Carolina Hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana) cones, opened. These showed up in the rocky upper reaches of Moore's Knob (2500 feet high). These are endangered by the woolly adelgid, but only state-listed in Tennessee.|
|Fetter-bush, Mountain Andromeda or Lily-of-the-Valley shrub (Pieris floribunda), Ericaceae family||Common Groundpine (Dendrolycopodium obscuram)||Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum)||Might be part of a pear tree. Seen at Moore's Knob summit.|
|Oak Treehopper||Flower fly, maybe an Allograpta obliqua, subfamily Syrphinae||Bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea. Alas, very confusing shadows!||Red-banded Hairstreak||Male Broadhead Skink|
|Lichen Moth||Fungus gnat (Mycetophilidae family). Family ID by Andy Calderwood, seconded by Eric R. Eaton.||Spider||Ichneumonid wasp||Black Rat Snake|
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