Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bass Twice

Bass River Recreation Area
July 11 and again August 1, we like this place because it is open, has shallow wet areas, and many places to explore.  Here are some things we saw.
July 11 2011 Bass River Rec. Area as a big storm blows through.

The flowers were covered with rain.

 I came across this insect. 
 Is it a Mayfly?
This wet place is deep in the park, we have found Ladies' Tresses here before.  No Ladies' Tresses but we found an Orchid.
      Not the most beautiful orchid.
 This is Lincoln Street on our way to  Bass on August 1st.
We have come here to see what we call our gentian area.  We find the water is deep here this year and we can't go through the deepest spots or we will flood our boots.  See it's open, wet and there are lots of plants, we can plodge about here!

I find this plant and wonder if it could be the start of a Closed Gentian?  I check the field guide and sure enough it is, below is what it will look like in a couple of weeks.

Reflection in the pond of the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. 
I wandered on and found some milkweeds.
 Whorled Milkweed
(Asclepias verticillata)

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Markings from insects on a log

     We will be back here soon.


Dave said...

thank you so much for all your posting, we have been encouraged to explore so many places now. if you come across any loons on your explorations drop me a line. I we have been on the hunt to get some good photos of loons in michigan, thanks again for the inspiration,

Plants Amaze Me said...

To flowerdave, you're very welcome, sometimes I find it is easier to just post photos and not so much text, it takes research and time to identify plants and insects.

I haven't seen loons in years, but I will keep my eyes and ears open and I will be sure to mention them if I come across any.
Thanks for your comment. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey! It was the most beautiful orchid we saw all day! Lincoln Street sure looks enticing. I like dirt roads. Gentians will have to be included in the Green Flowers section now. That's amazing - a flower before the flower. We did have happy boots that day. The markings on the log is a message from the insect - Help! I'm trapped inside this log and can't get out!!
M :)