Early Summer Sampler

During the first month of summer, I have observed the following blooms while conducting my ongoing wildflower inventories of area nature preserves, parks and trails.

Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

Poison Sumac

Poison Sumac

Common St. Johnswort

Common St. Johnswort

Crown Vetch

Crown Vetch

Chicory

Chicory

White Sweet Clover

White Sweet Clover

Lesser Daisy Fleabane

Lesser Daisy Fleabane

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil

Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil

Small-flowered Cranesbill

Small-flowered Cranesbill

Silvery Cinquefoil

Silvery Cinquefoil

Cowwheat

Cowwheat

Spotted Jewelweed

Spotted Jewelweed

Pale Umbrellawort

Pale Umbrellawort

Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink

Dilenius Tick Trefoil

Dilenius Tick Trefoil

Brown Knapweed-bloom

Brown Knapweed

Shinleaf

Shinleaf

Canada Lily

Canada Lily

New Jersey Tea

New Jersey Tea

Black Nightshade

Black Nightshade

Horse Nettle

Horse Nettle

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

Pokeweed

Pokeweed

Virginia Stickseed

Virginia Stickseed

Moth Mullein

Moth Mullein

Smooth Sumac

Smooth Sumac

Bouncing Bet

Bouncing Bet

Spotted St. Johnswort

Spotted St. Johnswort

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

Japanese Meadowsweet

Japanese Meadowsweet

Prostrate Vervain

Prostrate Vervain

Pale-leaved Sunflower

Pale-leaved Sunflower

Oxeye

Oxeye

Early Goldenrod

Early Goldenrod

Happy trails!

Dwaas Kill Miscellany

Today’s sunshine and cooler air following last night’s much-needed rains provided me sufficient excuse to visit the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park.┬á My visit was rewarded with a wonderfully mixed bag of sights.

Some blooms –

Hedge Bindweed

Hedge Bindweed

Common Winterberry

Common Winterberry

Agrimony

Agrimony (Refer to next photo to learn how to identify this species.)

Agrimony leaflets are smooth on underside except for a few hairs along the veins. (That is how you distinguish the species from Woodland Agrimony whose leaflets are downy underneath.)

Agrimony leaflets are smooth on underside except for a few hairs along the veins. (That is how you distinguish the species from Woodland Agrimony whose leaflets are downy underneath.)

A few berries –

Red Baneberry

Red Baneberry

Mystery ‘shrooms –

Anyone know what mushroom this is? (I don't.)

Anyone know what mushroom this is? (I don’t.)

And a buck –

Young white-tailed buck with velvet-covered spike antlers

Young white-tailed buck with velvet-covered spike antlers

Happy trails!