At home, I etched the image of the Oconee Bell leaf in my brain, especially in comparison to galax. I memorized features of its habitat and the list of plants it's likely to be found with (rhododendron, hemlock, near streams on north facing slopes). I knew I was finally reaching the point of being totally obsessed when I started dreaming of Oconee Bell leaves.
While hiking, I honed my search image. I practiced recognizing and distinguishing any evergreen plants with roundish leaves, so my brain learned what was NOT Oconee Bell.
|Heartleaf- NOT it!|
Even though I didn't find the Oconee Bell, the trip was a special because I got a clear view of the moon, Venus, and Jupiter all in a together in the sky.