Friday, July 29, 2016

Allegan County Michigan Wild Orchids and More

Allegan County, Michigan has wonderful places to explore!  Last year, Marie and I visited "Happy Boots" and found 19 Purple Fringed Orchids in the wet woods that we named Happy Boots. 

So after a very difficult spring and early summer, we finally had the opportunity to explore and Happy Boots was the place.  It is just part of Allegan State Game Area, used for hunting, hiking, skiing, and for us, wildflowering.

It felt great to be back in the woods, looking for purple among the ferns, Lizard Tail, Touch-Me-Not, Tulip Trees, so much green!  So many plants, such fun!  We didn't find 19 this year, I think it was 11 - Purple Fringed Orchids, but that was just fine.

 Also in Allegan County, we stopped by Goose Lake.  The water was way down this year, so we were able to walk where there had been water the year before.  It was very interesting to see the plants and frogs and butterflies that live here.  And, of course, we saw hundreds of Meadow Beauty!
 Funnel Web Spider

Beautiful day.  Thanks Marie for taking me!

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Delightful Discovery (borrowed words) in Barry County, Michigan

In 2012, a blogger friend told me about a delightful discovery that I might be able to find - if I looked in the right place, at the right time.  This was the fourth year we tried to find his delight, and when we found it, we were very delighted.  Thanks, Bob.

Maybe a little drum roll inserted here.  It is an orchid.  Quite rare. Found in an easy to reach, very public place.

It is the Shining Ladies' Tresses!  Spiranthes lucida is the smallest, earliest blooming, and least abundant Ladies' Tresses.  It is a saffron-lipped beauty.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Wildflowers at Riverside Park - Ottawa County, Michigan

 April 18th 2016, Betsy and I visited Riverside Park along the Grand River in Ottawa County. 

Mike and I were here on April 14, and found the water to be quite high.  Now, four days later, the water is down some.
 Photo above is the park road April 14th. 
Photo below is the same park road April 18th.
Again we walked through the park to what I call the "Wildflower Trail", four days ago we didn't make it very far before we were stopped by water over the trail.

This time we crossed here on logs and got to the other side easily. 
Eventually we were stopped again by high water, the actual trail was flooded.
And again there were logs to cross on, but it was just a little too far, and a bit unstable to cross safely.
Well this photo makes it look easy to cross but it was deep water with a lot of debris in it, so we just didn't take the chance.  There were many Spring Beauty blooming!  All of the white and pink along the trail in the photo below is Spring Beauty and some Purple Cress.

We were excited to find Bloodroot blooming!

There were several weedy wildflowers blooming, too. 


On that same day, April 18, we also stopped at Connor Bayou, another Ottawa County park.  I wanted to see if the Hepatica was blooming, and sure enough it was.  I think this is my favorite wildflower.
 Round Lobed Hepatica
That was about it for April 18th, which was a warm and sunny day.  Thanks for stopping by.