These are photos were taken on Womack Creek, May 19, 2017.
I’ve singled out the flowers of Spanish moss — many have seen the moss, but never looked close enough when they are flowering to see them.
And, if you’re paddling, look up at overhanging branches of trees (particularly oak and sweet gum), you may see either the Green Fly orchid plants, bud shoots, or blooms. They bloom all year round.
The bloom peak for the other creek plants is hard to determine — it ranges from April through mid-May. Certain blooms are more dominant at different times. For pink hued masses of blooms, pinxter azaleas begin the season and swamp roses begin to start blooming in masses in May. In 2017 the swamp roses did not bloom out as much as they have in previous years. Both of these species: native rose and wild azaleas also are fragrant, the strength of the fragrance dependent on breeze, ambient air temperature.
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