Trips: Shenandoah Summer Wildflowers 2019

For a few weeks most summers Shenandoah National Park is a painter's palette of yellow, purple, white, red and orange wildflowers.

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Turks Cap and an Empty Sky

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Helianthus and Asters

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Shenandoah's Wild side: meadows and roadsides of yellow helianthus, solidago and rudbeckia, purple asters and monarda, white leucanthemum, orange turks cap, red columbine, purple allium, pink milkweed and more.

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Yellow Tiger Swallowtail on Turks Cap

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Sunset on White Callico Asters

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Helianthus Display

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Wildflower Feast

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Wildflowers at the Forest's Edge

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Shenandoah's wildflowers line long stretches of Skyline Drive and bank the edges of her nearby forests. Here, yellow helianthus and white callico asters, much of it nearly 5 feet tall, creates a stunning "in your face" late summer experience.

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Sweet Nectar

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When conditions are right, Shenandoah can boast some of the best summer wildflower displays on the east coast.

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With great wildflowers comes great butterflies! Here, a male yellow tiger swallowtail is attracted to the nectary of a common thistle. For those wondering,the female has a line of blue scales on the upper side of the hindwings!

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A black female swallowtail perches atop a large milkweed bloom, one of its favorite sources of nectar.

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Yellow Tiger Swallowtails feast on blooming thistle.

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A clumb of Turks Cap blooms in late July along a trail in Shenandoah National Park.

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Gentle Turks Cap

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Turk's Cap - one of the special wildflowers located throughout Shenandoah NP. Often growing 4-5 feet, this neat flower sports bright red-orange, pendant, hibiscus-like flowers that seem to never fully open, creating the appearance - if you look closely - of a Turkish turban!

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A black female swallowtail sips the sweet nectar of Turks Cap.

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A Helianthus Bouquet

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Common Thistle