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  1. Appalachian Trail article w/ great photo of Franconia Notch

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-tennesee-hiker-rescued-appalachian-trail-20121102,0,5988386.story

    Too bad there's not a mountain with this kind of view looking at Cannon Mt...
  2. Success Pond Rd was ok (or at least no worse than...

    Success Pond Rd was ok (or at least no worse than its historical norm) but the spur road to the Success Trail trailhead is in fair to poor shape; vegetation grown in, ruts in the road are getting...
  3. thanks a lot!

    thanks a lot!
  4. How is Success Pond road condition from the Berlin side?

    Title speaks for itself -- has the road been maintained at all? Is it still passable by "normal" vehicles (e.g. Toyota Corolla) from Berlin to the Goose Eye trailhead?
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    Jefferson Notch Road open?

    Is Jefferson Notch Road open? Last I heard (but that was a while ago) it was closed due to Hurricane Irene.
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    Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry).

    Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry).
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    that's jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

    that's jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
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    help! recommendations for water shoes needed

    I had a beloved pair of water shoes from EMS that have gone missing since last summer, so unfortunately I can't post a photo, just that they were low-cut red sport shoes I got maybe 5 years ago, with...
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    beta on S. Presi Diapensia

    is the diapensia in bloom yet? From the highways nearby (haven't done any hiking yet) the snow cover in the Presidential range looks lighter this year.
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    looks like a Pyrola (rotundifolia or chlorantha?)

    looks like a Pyrola (rotundifolia or chlorantha?)
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    Perhaps I should have transcribed the entry...

    For issues like this, aside from talking to locals, turn to the Julyans' "Place Names of the White Mountains"[/QUOTE]Perhaps I should have transcribed the entry directly:
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    For issues like this, aside from talking to...

    For issues like this, aside from talking to locals, turn to the Julyans' "Place Names of the White Mountains"

    with stress on the 2nd syllable? are you sure? That's unusual -- New England place...
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    Lycopus americanus...

    Lycopus americanus
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    Just as a reminder -- unless something has...

    Just as a reminder -- unless something has changed recently, the road is privately owned and maintained.
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    I use, in this order: map (constantly) ...

    I use, in this order:


    map (constantly)
    GPS (sometimes I might use this once on a hike, if I'm confused)
    compass (once in a blue moon; I haven't pulled it out of my pack in at least 3 years)
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    I asked my sources about this and they suggested...

    I asked my sources about this and they suggested Paul Bunyan Campground
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    Impatiens spp.:...

    Impatiens spp.:
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6185/6054213573_71a83e6805_m.jpg
    I. capensis

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6054214189_f382d0dd5b_m.jpg
    I. pallida
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    Aha, you were at a calcareous riverside seep. You...

    Aha, you were at a calcareous riverside seep. You folks in the CT river valley are lucky. :-)

    That's boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
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    hmm, which state? in NH the blue closed gentians...

    hmm, which state? in NH the blue closed gentians are Gentiana linearis / andrewsii / clausa. Probably linearis, probably not clausa (leaves would be fatter). I'm not sure about andrewsii.
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    oog, no, you really need stems/leaves. the flower...

    oog, no, you really need stems/leaves. the flower habit (wand vs. plume) just narrows it down to subsections of Solidago.
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    looks like Calla palustris...

    looks like Calla palustris
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    Nemopanthus mucronatus (mountain holly)

    Nemopanthus mucronatus (mountain holly)
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    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/6009742879_b06...

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/6009742879_b06ee3c30d_m.jpg
    Rhexia virginica (abundant at a pondshore near my house)
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    OK: another plea -- if you'd like to support a...

    OK: another plea -- if you'd like to support a botany Q&A forum, please visit http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/30295/botany and click on the orange "Follow!" button in the upper left.
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    Looks like it might be Eurybia spectabilis (showy...

    Looks like it might be Eurybia spectabilis (showy aster) -- bracts on the back side of the flower head are diagnostic for asters

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3056/2829243734_805e14561a.jpg...
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