Here are some adventures from the second half of June 2018.
June 16 Crockery Creek - Mike and I made our weekly visit to Crockery Creek, an Ottawa County Park.
June 18 Connor Bayou with Mike. We usually make it out here to walk a couple times each week.
Birdsfoot Trefoil was blooming.
June 20 Marie took me to Barry County for our weekly adventure!
Showy Lady's Slipper
Grass Pink Orchid
Loesel's Twayblade Orchid
June 22 2018 Another walk around the loop at Connor Bayou Park, with Mike.
I noticed Bladderwort in the bayou while we were on an overlook.
Poke Milkweed has returned to the park. It use to grow along the drive into the park but the park was improved and the drive was widened. For a few years I didn't find this special plant.
Mike noticed a growth on an Elderberry bush. So I looked it up when we got home and found it was a rust fungus, maybe Puccinia bolleyana.
June 22 2018 Was also a bike ride day with my sweet sister, Sugar, sorry no photos.
June 24 Connor Bayou again with Mike and again I took no photos!
June 25 2018 Betsy and I went to Bass River Recreation Area, the weather was so nice. Betsy even wore her swamping boots and hat, I think she really enjoyed it. We saw lots of things, frogs, turtles, tadpoles, etc. And we saw 55 different types of BLOOMING plants! We were out walking about two hours total. Here is just a bit of what we saw...Four types of Milkweed!
Betsy even found Columbine blooming! I thought the end of June was very late for this plant to be blooming?
Ponds at B.R.R.A.
Foxglove Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) Snapdragon family
Two days after going to Bass River Recreation Area, June 27, Betsy went with me again to Muskegon County to search for orchids near the Pitcher Plants I found earlier in the month. Another beautiful day, and again I counted 55 different types of blooming plants!
We also found Rose Pogonia, a small orchid that I have only seen in one other location! I'm so glad Betsy was with, I felt a bit braver to go through the marshy, weedy areas.
Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) Orchid Family
These plants were very small and growing beneath the leaves of ferns.
On this adventure we also found Marsh Cinquefoil (Comarum palustre) Rose Family
And Swamp Candles (Lysimachia terrestris) Primrose family
June 28 Marie and I had a short adventure at Duck Lake State Park. Here is what we saw...
Duck Lake, Muskegon County, Michigan
Something very purple growing on this tree?
June was a busy month! Thanks for visiting the blog.