Friday, September 21, 2018

Early September 2018

 Mike and I had many more walks at Connor Bayou Park, an Ottawa County Park along the Grand River.  The woodland trail is high and dry, and is about a 1.25 mile loop, with overlooks of the Grand River and Connor Bayou. 
 The new bike path at the park.

 We saw red... in the Running Strawberry Bush and the Partridgeberry.

And more red!  I'm pretty sure this is a milk snake.  First one I have ever seen, it was on the steps at Connor as we went to the car.

More Red!  Virginia Creeper covers the trees at Connor Bayou Park.

The sun is setting noticeably earlier every day.  We either need to carry flashlights or go for our walks earlier.

Grand River from the kayak launch at Connor Bayou Park.

 Kayak Launch
September 5, Betsy went with me to Bass River Recreation Area to see the Closed Gentian, that I so much wanted to see.  There was sun and blue sky, what you don't see from the photos is how humid it was!  Such a wonderful daughter to cater to my whims!

                                                     Closed Gentian

Nodding Ladies' Tresses Orchid

My sister Sugar and I took at couple of very pleasant bike rides.  We started from the new bike path at Connor Bayou Park, then pedaled east to the M-231 trailhead, up the hill to M-231, over the Grand River, under M-231 and north to Leonard Street and back. It is called the Spoonville Trail. 
I found this bit of history about Spoonville, "John Spoon, born 1829 in Seneca County, N.Y., arrived with his brother, Daniel, in Crockery Township in 1856.  They established the town of Spoonville. A carpenter by trade, the centerpiece of the town was Spoon’s sawmill, that he built that same year.  Spoon also owned the largest farm in Ottawa County at one time. It was on this 848-acre property that Spoon discovered the Indian burial mounds where skeletons, copper and stone tool implements, and ornamental earthen vases were unearthed."  "Spoonville is a historic archeological site, located on the banks of the Grand River in Crockery Township, Ottawa County, Michigan. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973."

The ride was just over 7 miles, and it was on the first cool day we had this September.  Fun ride! 

M-231 Trailhead with parking, portable toilet, bike tools and air pump, and a bench!

                                             Grand River from M-231
On another nice day, we started again at Connor Bayou and rode our bikes to Riverside Park, about 4 miles east on the Grand River Explores Trail.

 Grand River from the boat launch at Riverside Park, Ottawa County.

Some pretty leaves, I couldn't decide which ones I liked best so I included all of them.

 Mike and I walked at Crockery Creek Natural Area, August 31, and I found Nodding Ladies Tresses growing in the path!  We were there again on September 7 and found all the Nodding Ladies' Tresses Orchids had been Mowed!  Sad but true.

Still a good walk.

With just a day or two of cool weather early in September, we returned to unseasonably hot and humid weather.  We also had some record rainfall, which brought out a fresh and frisky batch of mosquitoes!  Still I always appreciate getting outside for a walk or a bike ride!  Thanks for stopping by.


Allen Norcross said...

Beautiful! Your Virginia creeper is way ahead of ours but your trees are about the same.
How crazy is an orchid right in the middle of the path? And I've been looking for it for years!
Michigan caters to nature lovers far more than New Hampshire. You're very lucky to live there!
I like that snake too. It's one I've never seen.

Plants Amaze Me said...

Thanks, Allen Yes the orchid right in the mowed path was a fun find. So it had time to grow and bloom before it got mowed. Mike and I were there last night and there was no sign of them at all. Loads of Ladies' Tresses at Bass River Rec Area, which is an old gravel mine, several low ponds, stones and rocks, mostly sand with some clay.
We do have plenty of parks especially here in Ottawa County! I've been to them all except two places you can only reach by boat.

Anonymous said...

Wow, red! And that Milk Snake is so cool, didn't even know they lived here. Your photo of the Closed Gentians say - Relax and enjoy! Nice bit of history I learned. Amazing what people accomplished way back then. I love all the leaves, you know I do. Your pictures of trails make me wish I was there! Thanks for posting. M :)