Summer is Near

The summer solstice will occur on June 21.  Its arrival will mark the longest day of the year and also when the sun appears highest in the sky.

Hedge Mustard

Hedge Mustard

To celebrate and enjoy all those hours of daylight, we all should consider the opportunity to observe nature in a variety of sunlit settings:  dawn, mid-day and twilight.  Each will offer unique lighting (great for photography) as well as contrasting opportunities to view wildlife.

Here is a short list of summer outdoor activities to consider:

Happy trails!

A Sampler of Spring Woodland Wildflowers – Part 4 (Final Chapter)

Today, I returned to 100 Acre Wood in the Town of Malta to continue my wildflower inventory.  The parade of spring woodland wildflowers is coming to a close; summer is just around the corner!

I hope you enjoy the continuation (and culmination) of this sampler of what is in bloom this week in a nearby woodland; take a look.

Partridgeberry

Partridgeberry

Prickly Dewberry

Prickly Dewberry

Debtford Pink

Debtford Pink

Hop Clover

Hop Clover

Multi-flora Rose

Multi-flora Rose

Honewort

Honewort

Common Speedwell

Common Speedwell

Indian Cucumber Root

Indian Cucumber Root

Spreading Dogbane

Spreading Dogbane

Bristly Dewberry

Bristly Dewberry

Field Hawkweed

Field Hawkweed

Whorled Loosestrife

Whorled Loosestrife

Small Sundrops

Small Sundrops

Other species also in bloom today included:

  • Alsike Clover
  • Black Medick
  • Common Blue-eyed Grass
  • Common Cinquefoil
  • Common Evening Primrose
  • Cow Vetch
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Dwarf Cinquefoil
  • Eastern Blue-eyed Grass
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Foxglove Beardtongue
  • Ground Ivy
  • Henbit
  • Lesser Stitchwort
  • Low Bindweed
  • Low Hop Clover
  • Mouse-ear Chickweed
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Red Clover
  • Sulphur Cinquefoil
  • Thimbleberry
  • Tower-mustard
  • White Campion
  • White Clover
  • Yellow Wood Sorrel

For a look at what some of these additional species look like, view the early spring collection of wildflowers and also view the late spring collection of wildflowers elsewhere on my blog.

Happy trails!

Trailside nibble

As I continued my wildflower inventories at Zim Smith Trail yesterday and today, I noticed that the green seedpods of Aniseroot are now ready to provide a fun trailside nibble.  If you like the flavor of mild anise, I highly recommend sampling a tender seedpod or two within the next few days.  After that, the seedpods become too fibrous and dried out and that subtle licorice-like flavor disappears.

So, if interested, here is your target; look for the green seedpods, shown in circle in upper right corner of this image:

Aniseroot

Aniseroot

NOTE:  Above photo was observed on the “Wildeherb” blog in an article (dated 7/20/2011) entitled “Wild Anise Root is a Native Cousin to Parsley.”

And if you know where to find them, feel free to sample the tender seedpods of its close relative, Sweet Cicely (similar appearance to Aniseroot, but with fuzzy stem), shown here:

Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely

Happy trails!