We walked near this log and just about passed by, before we noticed ….
Lichen and Moss Fruiting 04 16 13 1
Lichen Moss Fruiting 04 16 13 2
technically, this is probably not a wildflower, but it sure is beautiful! Lichen and Moss growing in thick profusion all over this log, in a damp airy spot. Not sure which one is sending up the sporophytes or fruiting bodies, or whatever the lovely red parts are. Just a reminder to stand still and quietly now and then. Take a moment to look around and Breathe!
skunk cabbage blossom
skunk cabbage 2
skunk cabbage spathe & blossoms
Pretty amazing, Right? The skunk cabbage really is the very first wild flower that blooms each spring. They actually make their own heat and melt the snow around them. Here’s a link to a great article on Wisconsin DNR site all about the amazing Skunk Cabbage “Winter Heat in the Hood” .
Usually we see these in March, but the winter of 2012-2013 has been a long cold season, and even the skunk cabbage blossoms are getting a late start! By June and July, the large-leaved plants will cover parts of the canyon floor, and by late August, have wilted away. Look for them growing in the very damp “seep” areas of the canyon.
Even though we had some cold cold temps this past week, there are signs all around that spring is stirring as the sunlight grows stronger on our part of the planet. Here is the Big Picture, and the Close Up, of the same area near the pond.
winter bluff over pond 2013
winter to spring 2013
The Blizzard is about to begin !
I can’t stop taking photos of this gorgeous little maple in the yard at the cabin.
On the left side of this photo you can also see the little pine tree that Gramma Shirley rescued in 1994. She cut back the brush and pulled the weeds around the tiny tree so it could get some light, air & water. It has grown into a sturdy young pine, ready to stand tall for another 100 years or more! Mom also helped me transplant a couple other small pines that year, and they are also doing great. Thanks, Mom!
Gramma Shirley Pine & Maple 2012
Goldenrod (woodland type)
It’s not boring along the trails this time of year. Keep your eyes open for fall treasures!
Goldenrod (woodland type) with Bug
White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)
Woodland Goldenrod & White Snakeroot line the Loop Trail
Goldenrod (field type)
Jack in the Pulpit Seeds
Jack in the Pulpit Seeds2
Jewelweed (touch me not)
Poison Ivy (Green & Red Leaves)
Highbush Cranberry Viburnum (Viburnum Trilobum)
Wild Morning Glory with Bug
Virginia Creeper Berries
Wild Purple Aster
Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum biflorum
I took these photos a few weeks ago, I’m still thinking about how cool these plants are. They grow in tall graceful arches, the bumblebees love the flowers, and the berries are a surprising blue in the late summer sun.
Arching stems of Solomon’s Seal
False Solomon’s Seal Maianthemum racemosum
we took this photo several years ago, there is a beautiful stand of this plant on the western side of the canyon above the pond. The leaves and stem look very similar to Solomon’s Seal but the starry flowers and tan/red berries form at the end of the stalks. So beautiful in bloom!
I was walking along and saw this little hickory nut
I started looking around for the tree. Here you can see her branches in the center of the photo. A huge old hickory .. towering more than 100 feet over my head and far over the other tall trees.
Big Mama Hickory