Yesterday, I concluded my wildflower inventory of the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail segment located in the Town of Waterford. I found a few more species to add to my list; I am ready to expand my wildflower field guide for this trail, which will now include the segment in this town as well as a longer segment in the Town of Halfmoon.
Yesterday’s mostly sunny sky and blooming wildflowers belied the fact that autumn is rapidly approaching. A sneak peek at fall colors is beginning to appear everywhere.
Lopseed exhibiting its fall foliage
During my outing, I observed the following –
Climbing False Buckwheat
Cranberry Viburnum fruit – while edible, I don’t like their flavor.
Virginia Creeper fruit – highly toxic to humans.
Gray Dogwood fruit – important food for songbirds.
Common Evening Primrose
Hog Peanut seedpods – these seeds are not edible.
Autumn-olive fruit – can be made into a jam high in lycopene.
Devil’s Beggar Ticks (AKA Sticktight)
Tall Rattlesnake Root