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Asheville Natural is a guide to the native wildflowers of the southern Appalachians, with additional information for plant sources, hiking trails in the Asheville North Carolina area, and a few well-chosen links to other sites with Asheville information, wildflower sources, hiking,trail and outfitter information, and botanical resources. This is a non-profit site, created and maintained with love. All information contained on this site is based upon personal observation, and all photos are our own.



See also: Moths , Frogs (Spring Peepers) , Insects and Cicadas

November 27, 2009: A pair of unusual critters have been visiting. We had a Red Squirrel visit our bird feeder at dusk. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a decent picture. The Red Squirrels here are normally found only above 5000 foot elevation, so to see one at 2400' is quite a surprise. True to the local name of "boomers" it had a very loud, distinct alarm call though it sounded more like a bird than a "boom."

Meanwhile, an unusual Raccoon has started visiting. It's a pale, fawny, cinnamon color with a pink nose. I don't think it's albino, just an unusual color morph. My pictures are not very good ones - it's hard to get the camera to focus in the dark - but I'm working on better ones. It seems to be a regular now. Here's what it looks like (I didn't even know Br'er Possum was down there until I fired the flash):

Cinnamon Raccoon 3 with brere Possum

I tried hard to get a better picture of this unusual Raccoon. I have lots of pics but they are mostly fuzzy, I can't get my digital camera to focus on it in the dark. It's been a regular visitor for the month of November 2009, along with "Rocky". Rocky is very brave. I can get quite close, within inches and whispering distance, but Cinnamon is extremely shy. I'll keep at it and will post more photos if I can get better ones. Meanwhile I'm very interested to see what happens with Rocky and Cinnamon. I haven't a clue what sex they are. This time of year I shouldn't be seeing mated pairs but they sure are acting like like one, as if Rocky our Regular Raccoon, a youngster who grew up here over the summer, has hooked up with Cinnamon and is introducing him/her to the easy pickings at my bird feeder.

Update February 11, 2010: Well, the cinnamon Raccoon has moved on - though I'll be watching for it as spring approaches! 



A note on the nomenclature (naming conventions) on this site: Scientific names and classifications are constantly being argued and changed, and it drives me nuts. Although I use many different sources for knowledge, for naming consistency  I  use the  "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas" by Radford, Ahles and Bell, 1968 edition. This book is a well-established authority for the plants of our region and I've been using it for years. If for some reason I must use a different source for a particular plant, I will make note of it within the descriptive text. Don't like it? Tough!

Fiona Dudley
113 Pristine Lane
Weaverville NC 28787


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