Thursday, May 31, 2018

Port Sheldon Natural Area and Hofma Preserve in May

May 30 2018
We have had some hot days in Michigan, 90 degrees in May!  Marie and I ventured outside anyway, into the heat, humid, and bugs.  As usual it was a good day, we wandered Port Sheldon Natural Area for two hours.  Then to Hofma Park and Preserve for two more hours!  It was so green, trees, grasses, ferns, and moss. 

 Port Sheldon Natural Area is 440 acres including gently rolling terrain, woods, wildlife ponds and Ten Hagen Creek. Ottawa County Michigan.
 Pink Lady's Slipper

 This is a type of Krigia or dwarf dandelion. 

       Highbush Blueberry


       Cinnamon Fern
         Creepy but cool swamp
      Broken tree that left a big hole to the sky

On to Hofma Park and Preserve...
Hofma Park 15581 Ferris St, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Hofma Park has 120 acres with 1 shelter, a restroom, a soccer field, 78 space parking area, a softball field and a developed playground.

Hofma Preserve 16295 Sleeper St, Grand Haven, MI 49417  Hofma Preserve has 446 acres with approximately 4.5 miles of trails, an 885 foot floating bridge, 17 space parking area and a restroom.

             Hemlock forest

         Columbine or what we called Honeysuckle as kids

        Mommy deer?
             Cinnamon Fern
               Green Path
                Wild Yam leaves


           Glaucous Honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)
So many pictures!  So many interesting things out there! 
Hope you enjoyed our walk!


Allen Norcross said...

I'd love to see the squaw root and the glaucus honeysuckle! I don't think either one grows here.
That was a nice walk!

Plants Amaze Me said...

Thanks, Allen We have a lot of Squawroot in our woods here at home. It is a curious plant. I was surprised when I checked the time on the second walk, two hours! Everything was so green. I think part of the reason our walks are fun, is that we wander, with no real agenda.
:) Chris