Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Walks from the first half of September 2017

Here is a run down of the first half of September 2017...

September 2nd - Hofma Preserve, Grand Haven Township with Betsy.  We even found a violet blooming!

September 3rd, it was Bass River Recreation Area with Betsy to check on the Closed Gentian.  It was blooming beautifully!

September 4th, Riverside Park in Ottawa County with Mike.  It almost looks like spring, so much green.

 Cardinalflower with some evening sun.

This is my makeshift returnables carrying tool.  Mike likes to pick up cans and bottles to return to the store for the 10 cent return fee. Someone rarly remembers to bring a bag to carry the dirty cans. 
But he found many cans and bottles, and his pockets were full.  So I helped out.  We were probably ahead by $2.00!
A pretty mix of wildflowers and vines.

September 5th, was Ross Coastal Plain Marsh in Van Buren County with Marie.
 On the way to Ross Coastal Plain Marsh...

 Mud Lake at RCPM

                                                            Purple Bladderwort

A huge snake!

Ross is where we first found Autumn Coralroot several years ago.  So I was watching closely for it as we walked along the trail.  We take an "in and out trail", and on the way in I didn't see any of these orchids.  But as we headed back to the car, Marie spotted it!  Good eye, Marie.

Autumn Coralroot (Corallorhiza odontorhiza) Orchid Family

A quarter to show how tiny this flower is, if you catch it blooming.

On the way home from Ross Coastal Plain Marsh... Beautiful day for a walk in the woods.

September 10 Bass River Recreation Area with Betsy

 We found an orchid blooming!  Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua) Orchid family

 One of the many shallow ponds at BRRA


Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)
Gentian family

 Frogfruit (Verbena Family)

 Monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens)
Figwort family

 September 12 Bass River Recreation Area with Marie

 Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Aster family

 Nodding Ladies' Tresses

 Gerardia (Gerardia purpurea)
 Now named...
Purple False Foxglove (Agalinis purpurea)
Figwort family

Orange-fruited Horse Gentian, (Triosteum aurantiacum), is a member of the honeysuckle family.  Note the orange fruits.  

 Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)  Bellflower family

 This is one of the dried up shallow ponds, usually there is 6 to 8 inches of water standing in this pond.
 Even with the dry ponds, the Bottle Gentian was blooming beautifully!

Bottle Gentian  


In one area of this park we find the white variety of Bottle Gentian growing.

 September 15 Crockery Creek Natural Area in Ottawa County.  This is another trail Mike and I visit often.
Okay, that brings me up to mid September!  Next time we can finish up September adventures then into October.