Marie wanted to see what was blooming along 133rd Avenue in Allegan County. Remember we have been here many times and there is a railroad bridge that you drive under (built in 1908).
As soon as we went under the railroad bridge we could hear the Amtrak train coming! We have wanted to see the train travel over this bridge for years, and today we saw it!
Marie and I spent 4 1/2 hours on an 8/10 of a mile stretch of 133rd Avenue. We found many wildflowers just off the road on State property.
Horsetail, Scouring Rush, Take apart Plant
One-flowered Cancer Root (One-flowered Broomrape) Latin name Orobanche uniflora.
Wow I have only seen this plant one other time at Jubb's Bayou, these were growing right along the graded gravel road!
Cancer root is parasitic on other plants, so it has no need for green leaves.
Off we went to the place we now call Happy Boots, M-40 and M-89. Very wet woods where lots of wildflowers like to grow. Again, remember we were here earlier this spring and I circled the Skunk Cabbage plants on one of my pictures?
April 25 2011 Skunk Cabbage
Well this is that same area with the Skunk Cabbage done blooming but growing huge green leaves.
Spring Beauty still hanging on.
Purple Dead Nettle filling the fields, well this is just one.