at Carter Caves

at Carter Caves

Carter Caves State Resort Park
Carter County, Kentucky

Update: thanks to Scott for the ID, this appears to be Bloodroot which is known to be an early wildflower of the park.  My favorite wildflower book, so far, is the Wildflowers of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.   I still struggle with identification but the book is a joy to read if you have interest in learning some of the trivia and history associated with the flowers.  For instance, the book says Bloodroot has an orange-red sap that the Native Americans used for body paint.   My last visit to the park was this past Sunday and I found several more wildflowers coming up, hopefully I can make it back early next week.