This is a great place to find beautiful wildflowers.
This adventure was taken with my two other sisters, my usual wildflowering sister wasn't able to be with us this day.
The two photos below are of an orchid, and I think it is a Club-spur Orchid (Platanthera clavellata). Please tell me if I am wrong.
Another Orchid we see here is Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)
Next we found one Cross-Leaved Milkwort (Polygala cruciata aquilonia)
of the Milkwort family
I'll just call this next one bladderwort...it could be Horned, Humped, Common, or Northern.
Well it is pretty against the blue sky.
And did you know Bladderwort are carnivorous? That I didn't
know. The "bladders", from which the common name
is derived, are used to capture small aquatic
organisms. Hairs at the opening of the bladder serve
as triggers, and when contacted, mechanically cause
the trap to spring open, drawing in water and
organisms like a vacuum. Enzymes and /or bacteria
inside the traps aid in digestion.
Below we have another carnivorous plant
Spatulate-leaved Sundew ( Drosera intermedia)
Sundews trap insects on the sticky hairs of their leaves, then digest them for nutrients.
One more carnivorous plant, Northern Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea), this plant was not blooming. But notice the hairs and the liquid at the bottom of the pitcher.
Narrow-leaved Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), Iris Family
Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata)
This is the trail that leads you to Lost Lake.
That is another catch up adventure from this past summer.