Sunday, July 27, 2014

Adventures from the Second Half of June 2014

This is the second half of June, here are some places we went "wildflowering".
On June 16, 2014 my sister Marie and I visited places in Oceana County, Michigan.  Gale's Pond and also that same day - Doolittle Memorial Park, Genevieve Casey MNA Nature Sanctuary, Park Road (End) beach.

First Gale's Pond.

Next stop Doolittle Memorial Park 
Doolittle Memorial Park is a small wooded area belonging to Oceana County. The trail and park area was developed by Boy Scout Steven Miller as an Eagle Project.  There is a trail of about 3/8 mile- a simple loop with a cutoff across the middle.
Then off to Genevieve Casey Nature Sanctuary.

 We ended up stopping by Park Road end where you can access Lake Michigan, a nice little beach for swimming.
June 23, 2014 Marie and I went to Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County, Michigan.  We have several places here to hunt wildflowers and there are varied habitats from swampy areas to forested areas.  We checked a site where we have found Loesel's Twayblade growing and there it was - right where we left it last year.
It isn't easy to spot in all the green.  The orchid is in the center of the photo below.
 Loesel's Twayblade - Orchid Family
 Loesel's Twayblade - Orchid Family
Nearby we found another orchid, also green-yellow in color and not easy to spot.  We examined it carefully.  It was small and close to the muddy ground.  We determined it to be Platanthera aquilonis, with the help of  the guide "Orchids of the North Woods" by Kim & Cindy Risen.  As it mentions in this guide, "This trio (Plantanthera aquilonis-huronensis-dilitata) is a bottomless pit of confusion to most folks, even the experts". So all I can say for sure is that we found these orchids at Bass River RA growing on their own, they really are not the prettiest flowers, but they are special.
Northern Green (Bog) Orchid  Platanthera aquilonis
One of the super secret ponds, filled with so much water it was too deep to cross with our knee-high boots.  Neat place!
               We also saw Moneywort Lysimachia nummularia Primrose family.

                         Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa Milkweed family

June 30, 2014    We went southeast to Barry County Michigan.
 Here we saw a very showy orchid, beautiful and amazing,  growing in a wet area, a land of larch.  
Tuberous Grass Pink Calopogon tuberosus Some of the Grass Pink were a very blazing pink, some pale pink.  Most plants were over a foot tall, so easier to photograph than the orchids at Bass. 
 We saw some Showy Ladyslipper Cypripedium reginae Orchid Family.  These were already fading a little with brown on their petals, but still quite a sight.
We found Swamp Candles Lysimachia terrestris Primrose family growing deep in the tall grass.  Pretty flower. 

And below we have Death (White) Camas Zigadenus elegans
"All parts of this wildflower contain toxic chemicals (alkaloids) said to be more potent than strychnine."  I assume this is if you eat it but I leave most plants right where I find them because you just don't know what form of protection they might be using.
 Far across the water we saw a Great Blue Heron...
And here are a few other things we came across.
That was June 2014 a very beautiful month.  I also received a new camera from my very considerate husband!  The camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T3 1100D.  He really shouldn't have.  My brain is still working out how to use the last camera he bought me.  It is a whole kit with three different lens to attach and a carrying case.  I'm really more of a stick the camera in my back pocket type of person.  Well there is no sticking this camera in your back pocket, let me tell you. Okay now I say thanks, so much, Mike for the new camera, it was very thoughtful of you!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hurry with the first half of June before it is August!

June - Busy, fun, great weather - many "adventures" for me!
Here are a few photos from the first half of June.  

                   2014 06 02 Allegan County, Michigan

           American Columbo not yet in bloom.
Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum) Seems like we saw more of these this year than ever before.

         2014 06 03 Muskegon State Park - Muskegon, Michigan
              Lost Lake

                                    Lost Lake

2014 06 05   Hofma Park and Preserve - Ottawa County, Michigan
                       Stream at Hofma
               Indian Cucumber Root (Medeola virginiana)

            2014 06 09 Lakes in Barry County, Michigan

  2014 06 11 Minnie Skwarek Nature Preserve
                  - Ottawa County

                           Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

2014 06 12-14 Cabin - Manistee County, Michigan

                                  Indian Paintbrush

  Cottongrass sedge family
 Ragwort under cedars

 Manistee River

 Number 1 Road near the Hodenpyl Dam

 Maidenhair Fern

Back at the cabin while reading and relaxing on the front porch, I saw this butterfly on the door.  It seemed as interested in me, as I was in it.


 On the ride home...
2014 06 15 Ross Coastal Plain Marsh - Van Buren County, Michigan


 Wow, what a busy month so far in June!  Where will I go for the last half of June?  When will I post it?  No one knows.