We saw so many Ladies' Tresses and Gentians this September, it was a good year for both.
Nodding Ladies' Tresses Spiranthes cernua Orchid family
It is a native perennial orchid and it grows at Bass River Recreation Area by the dozens!
Bass River Recreation Area, a 1,665-acre site in central Ottawa County, Michigan
consists of open meadows, open brush land, mature hardwoods, small ponds
and 300-acre Max Lake. It has approximately three miles of frontage on
the Grand River. Owned by the State of Michigan.
Along the trail there were groups orchids - Nodding Ladies' Tresses orchids! Just in this one small space thirteen were blooming!
My sister, Marie,
and I made several visits to Bass in September, going places that we
had never been to before. One day we were out for seven hours exploring
before coming back to the car. We use Bing maps to identify places we
want to try to get to, which isn't always possible - due to high
water or more growth than what shows up on the maps.
Map of Bass River Rec. Area
The red X marks one of our target areas.
Bass River Recreation Area
We also saw Gentian.
Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii Gentian family
We saw more of these than usual too!
I found fifteen plants of Bottle Gentian blooming in just one small space!
We found evidence of recent beaver activity at Bass. Trees freshly gnawed down and runways in the reeds at the edge of the ponds.
Views from the interior of Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County, Michigan.
Max Lake at Bass River Recreation Area
We saw some interesting critters.
In Barry County we found Fringed Gentian.
crinita Gentian family
This native wildflower is a biennial about 1-3' tall. During the
first year, it forms a low rosette of leaves, while during the second
year it bolts, forming flowering stalks.
A group of Fringed Gentian in Barry County, Michigan.
So that was some of the great adventures of September 2014.