No, not the iconic movie. The color.
Today, while continuing my wildflower inventory along the Community Connector Trail, it quickly became apparent what the color du jour would be for blooming wildflowers during this outing.
Thus, please take a peek at what I observed along the trail –
Downy False Foxglove
Common St. Johnswort
Smooth Ground Cherry
Common Evening Primrose
Yellow Wood Sorrel
Clammy Ground Cherry
Old Yeller. Well, I think I just might be in the mood for a good movie right about now. Going to go grab a bucket of popcorn and fire up the VCR (just kidding)…and grab a box of tissues.
Despite a forecasted temperature in the mid-90s and an even higher heat index, I opted to stretch my legs today along the Community Connector Trail in the Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon. Beginning from the Town of Halfmoon end, I continued my wildflower inventory by covering the eastern half of this trail. I was pleased to discover several species to add to my list and enjoyed seeing a multitude of colorful blooms. Fortunately, the heat has not yet stressed the plants.
Here’s a sample of what I observed –
Canada Lily (orange variety)
Red Baneberry berries
Tall Meadow Rue
Garden Loosestrife (invasive)
Canada Thistle (invasive)
Flowering Rush (invasive)
Canada Lily (yellow variety)
SUPPLEMENTAL UPDATE (7/1/2018): I returned to inventory the western half of this trail and observed these additional blooms –
Spotted Knapweed (invasive)
Please join me Thursday evening, July 12, for a walk to identify invasive species at the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve – we will see many of the “invasive” plants noted above during that walk. We’ll begin promptly at 6pm from the parking lot adjacent to the Whipple Bridge at the main entrance to the preserve, located at the intersection of Riverview Road and Van Vranken Road, and then take a short hike through a portion of this preserve, which will go along a segment of the Community Connector Trail. This event is in recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 8-14, 2018. I hope you’ll join me.
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