Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bass River Recreation Area

Monday is our regular adventure day, mostly, although we sometimes add a Thursday in there. July 12 we checked out Bass River Rec Area owned by the State of Michigan.

This area is over one thousand acres of land and water, some say 1665 acres, I didn't actually measure it. We have been here many times before and have stumbled across orchids, gentians, and many other cool wildflowers.

We both have knee high boots so we can get into those mucky places better, that's where I always think the rare orchids will be. Since this was a gravel pit we don't go far into the water because it quickly gets very deep.

With so many acres it is easy to get turned around here, but with big Bass Lake, the Grand River, and well traveled two tracks you don't get lost. We did walk over 3 1/2 miles trying to find the hidden place where we first found Ladies' Tresses, even though we knew it was too early for them to be blooming.

Again it was a great day, even with the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. We also made a quick stop at Connor Bayou which is an Ottawa County Park.

Whorled Milkweed

Field of Everlasting Pea! (I call these Everlasting Gobstoppers)

Scouring Rush (Horsetail or Take-Aparts)

American Germander


Clymene Moth


Hidden pond at Bass River Rec Area


stratovolcano said...

cool post! It's neat to hear about hidden little places. They are everywhere... but so hard to find. Awesome pictures.. makes me realize how much I never notice, especially when it comes to plants.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Thank You for your spot on comment! So I changed a few settings, should be easier to leave a comment.

Also, I changed to the NEW POST EDITIOR. I'll see if this makes it easier to publish a blog. I hope it is easier or this might be the end of blogging for me.

stratovolcano said...

no! you can't stop blogging! what is hard? the pictures? you can send a write-up to me by email with your pictures attached and I can post them on your blog...

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