Friday, May 27, 2011

4 1/2 hours on 133rd Ave and More!

2011 05 16 Yes I know I'm behind on the blog and I might just stop it because there is so much going on outside! 

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. 

                               Golden Ragwort

                                      Wild Geranium                  

                                       Marsh Marigolds

                                     Wild Columbine
        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.

   As we were on our way along some dirt road we came across these  lovely Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis ).  We also saw blooming Large-flowered Trillium, Dwarf Ginseng, Prickly Gooseberry, Aniseroot, Solomon's Seal, Cow Parsnip, violets, Miterwort.

Oh we also saw a Bittacomorpha clavipes!  See picture below.

      Common name is phantom crane fly
I hope you enjoy this post, it was fun thinking back to that day.


Anonymous said...

Wow, beautiful wildflowers!!!! Thats cool you finally got to see the train!

stratovolcano said...

why have you started to mark your photos?