During my wildflower inventory visit today to Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood in the Town of Ballston, I decided to take some extra time to explore the wetland area bordering the clear-flowing stream that enters the property from the far west end of Hawkwood Trail (white markers). I’m so glad I did! Within an area about the equivalent of the footprint of an average home, I found a surprising variety of blooming wildflowers.
Here’s a sampling of what I observed –
Big Bur Reed
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed
Dwarf St. Johnswort
While quietly and slowing walking about wetland area in search of another bloom, I noticed that I was being observed by the watchful eye of this spectator –
Great Blue Heron
While walking the woodland trails, I also observed these blooming wildflowers –
Indian Pipe: New blooms on the left, stems and empty seed pods from last year on the right
After yet another soggy week, today’s sunshine beckoned me to take another stroll along the Historic Champlain Canalway trail. I returned to the segment in the Town of Waterford to continue my wildflower inventory.
Here is a sampling of what I observed –
Blue Plantain-lily (someone must have planted three plants along the trail)
Dillen’s Tick Trefoil
Check out my revised page for the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail, now with information and photos of the trail segment in the Town of Waterford.
Sunny. Low humidity. Low 80s. What a spectacular August day!
Veterans Bike Path beckoned me. Another week has passed and it is time to revisit this site to continue my ongoing wildflower inventory, particularly since this one is winding down. I will prepare a wildflower field guide for this trail and have it posted on this blog in March 2015. Stay tuned!
I walked the southern half of the trail today (from Route 146A north to the 1.75-mile marker) and observed, among other species, these blooms –
Purple-leaved Willow Herb