Port Sheldon Natural Area has 440 acres including gently rolling terrain, swampy woods, several ponds and Ten Hagen Creek, and wildflowers.
Virginia Meadow Beauty
This was the main reason I took a walk here in September, to see the beauties of the meadow! There were hundreds of these plants in various stages of bloom. I had the whole park to myself, never saw another person.
The Meadow Beauty ring this pond with hundreds of plants.No blue sky on that day, but the plants were very impressive.
September 10 Black Lake Park Norton Shores Muskegon County
Black Lake Park is a 58 acre parcel, located near the southern boundary of Norton Shores, between Wood Road and the eastern shoreline of Little Black Lake. The park provides passive recreation opportunities for nature lovers with a number of bird, animal and plant species to observe.
Little Black Lake
First time I have come across a Stinkhorn, and no I didn't give it a sniff.
Bass River Recreation Area - Ottawa County, Michigan - September 11, 2018
Bass is high on my list of favorite places to explore in Ottawa County.
Bass River Recreation Area, a 1,665-acre site in central Ottawa County, 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. The park is used primarily for boating, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding, as well as hunting.
I think it should be named Stunningly Beautiful Gentian!
Here at Bass we also find the white variety of the Stunningly Beautiful Gentian
Also in this awesome place we see orchids! Nodding Ladies' Tresses
We saw a Monarch chrysalis, caterpillar, and adult butterfly.
We even saw two Monarch cocoons on one plant, and nearby two caterpillars on one plant. I tried to capture it in a photo, it isn't very clear so I circled each in red. Caterpillars on the left, cocoons on the right. There were aphids covering the plant stems.