Yesterday, I continued my wildflower inventories at Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail and along the Zim Smith Trail (that portion located within the Town of Ballston). Here is a sampler of what I observed –
Hairy Cat’s Ear
Low Hop Clover
Today, I similarly continued my wildflower inventory at Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve. Here is a sampler of what I observed –
Eastern Blue-eyed Grass
Tall Meadow Rue
Stout Blue-eyed Grass
Happy Summer Solstice Eve!
As always, happy trails.
The summer solstice will occur on June 20. Its arrival will mark the longest day of the year and also when the sun appears highest in the sky.
Rock Garden – Dyken Pond Environmental Center
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 list of summer outdoor activities to consider:
During my latest visit to Peter Desrochers Country Knolls Memorial Trails in the Town of Clifton Park, I happened across this wonderful sight –
Fawn of white-tailed deer
Not far from there, I then saw a lone doe to whom I presumed that little fawn belonged. All of which reminded me about some helpful tips when you come upon a fawn; please read.
My visit was to continue my ongoing wildflower inventory at this destination and I was very pleased to tally more than a dozen additional species. Next spring, I will post a wildflower field guide for this property, similar to those I’ve compiled for a number of area nature preserves, parks and trails.
I did observe these blooms today –
To my surprise, I viewed many Large Blue Flag already in bloom along the northernmost segment of the Zim Smith Trail last evening.
Large Blue Flag
So, if you enjoy seeing these large beautiful blooms in their natural setting, be sure to get out soon to do so!
Of the local destinations that I have visited, I would recommend any of the following: