Hudsonville Nature Center is located at 2700 New Holland Street, Hudsonville, Michigan. It is our destination for this adventure. The Nature Center is a 76-acre nature preserve of woodlands, prairies and wetlands that offers hiking trails, lookouts, wildflowers and picnic areas.
Since it was starting out to be hot day we decided to go to the prairie first. Right off we were seeing the prairie flowers.
White Wild Indigo
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) Carrot family
Alumroot (Heuchera Americana) Saxifrage Family, is a small (under 2 ft. high and wide) perennial native to Central United States. Loose racemes of insignificant green to cream flowers bloom in early summer.
Leaves of Alumroot
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrical) Buttercup family
We saw many flowers but I really need to catch up on this blog so I will cut this short, or try to. Here are a few more things we saw.
Okay really I'm almost out of the prairie...
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) Mint family
The flowers begin blooming in the center of the head, gradually moving outward, forming a wreath of flowers. They smell sort of like oregano.
Marie and I especially like the smell of Wild Bergamot because it reminds us of our childhood and our Dad. It is a native perennial plant so I hope someone doesn't go pulling it out, thinking it is Spotted Knapweed!
Next Marie found this giant silk moth down in the grass. We didn't want to disturb the moth so the picture really doesn't show its size. We put the hand lens in the photo for size comparison.It is a Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus). The large spots on the wings of the Polyphemus Moth look rather similar to eyes and it uses this intriguing adaptation to confuse potential predators. Its wing span can be 6 inches.
Believe me it was big.
Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense) Lily family
Another native perennial plant, the beautiful Michigan Lily.
There is more to this park than just the prairie. There are hills, ravines, and a creek.
After this park I think we might have stopped by a Mr. Burger and got a chocolate malt (not a shake but a malt). I'm not sure if this really happen or I just thought about a malt.
Anyway next we stopped in at Sunrise Park (to eat the malts),
located at the end of Springdale Street, it offers playground equipment, a tot lot, open shelter, ball diamonds and a picnic area.
Part of the Sunrise Park Rain Garden
Believe it or not we also stopped at Aman Park! This is a park we go to in the spring to find spring wildflowers. It's fun to see what things look like here this time of year.Trail at Aman Park in Ottawa County, Michigan
Pointed-leaf tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum) Pea Family
These are the fun plants that get sticky seed pods on your clothes when you go for a walk in the woods.Hepatica Leaves
We didn't have time to walk the trails much. We walked to the north bridge and back. Then headed home.
Slowly I'm catching up on this blog. Marie and I have had some great adventures recently and I can hardly wait to post them. But they have to be in chronological order, right?
Next time is more Barry County, including Hall Lake.