Summertime Wildflower Sampler #2

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 –

Arrow-leaved Tearthumb

Clayton’s Bedstraw

Blue Vervain

Monkeyflower

Water Horehound

False Pimpernel

Big Bur Reed

Wild Mint

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed

Canada Thistle

Common Smartweed

Spotted Jewelweed

Ditch Stonecrop

Boneset

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 –

Mad-dog Skullcap

Indian Pipe:  New blooms on the left, stems and empty seed pods from last year on the right

Happy trails!

Summertime Wildflower Sampler

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 –

Creeping Thyme

Chicory

Woodland Sunflower

Helleborine

Blue Plantain-lily (someone must have planted three plants along the trail)

Garden Phlox

Agrimony

Smooth Sumac

White Vervain

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Dillen’s Tick Trefoil

Purple Loosestrife

Red-osier Dogwood

Ripening now – American Black Currant; Recipes to consider:  Currant Parfait and Cherry Ginger Chicken with Currants

Lopseed

Wild Mint

Mad-dog Skullcap

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.

Happy trails!

Big Bird and a Bouquet of Blooms

Stretched my legs for a relaxing hike along the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in the Town of Waterford today to celebrate my pre-holiday day of vacation.  Bountiful sunshine was a wonderful bonus.

Not far beyond the railroad bridge, I glimpsed the long wing of a large bird flying above the tree canopy overhead.  After shuffling along a little further while continuing my wildflower inventory here, I spied the silhouette of my trailside companion –

Great Blue Heron

Here is the virtual bouquet of wildflower blooms I found along the way –

Thimbleweed

Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil

Common Blue-eyed Grass

Lesser Daisy Fleabane

Enchanter’s Nightshade

Asiatic Dayflower

Yellow Wood Sorrel

Great Chickweed

Pokeweed

Virginia Stickseed

Motherwort

Deptford Pink

Orange Daylily

Horse Nettle

Yarrow

Bouncing Bet

Fringed Loosestrife

Tall Meadow Rue

Daisy Fleabane

Hedge Bindweed

Creeping Bellflower

Water Hemlock

Common St. Johnswort

Rough Cinquefoil

And one last splash of color –

Red Baneberry fruit

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy trails!

Early Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Sunny. No wind. Temps expected in the mid-60s.  The outdoors beckoned me.  What to do?

Without hesitation, I headed to Anchor-Diamond Park at Hawkwood Estate.  This new park (which only opened in late October 2016) is located just north of the intersection of Route 50 and Middleline Road in the Town of Ballston.  Later this year, I will prepare a page on this blog with more info and photos along its several trails.

Today, I continued my ongoing wildflower inventory and the property revealed another 10 species, increasing my total so far to more than 100.

Among those in bloom today –

Trout Lily

Wake Robin

American Fly Honeysuckle

Bloodroot

Coltsfoot

With warm nights now a given and with more sunshine interspersed with rainfall, we can expect to see a dramatic increase in the greening of our landscape along with the occasional splashes of color from emerging blooms as the annual spring progression gains momentum.  Please be sure to take time once a week to take a walk at your favorite local preserve, park or trail and keep a watchful eye as to what is next to emerge and begin blooming.

Happy trails!

A babe in the woods

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

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 –

Common Mock-orange

Common Mock-orange

Smooth Hawkweed

Smooth Hawkweed

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Happy trails!

Sunday sampler along Veterans Bike Path

Another gorgeous August day.  A return trip to Veterans Bike Path in the Town of Ballston.  This time, however, I hiked the northern half of the trail, south of Outlet Road.

I found some additional species to add to my inventory during today’s hike.  Here’s a sampler of what I observed –

Wild Lettuce

Wild Lettuce

Yarrow

Yarrow

Marsh Skullcap

Marsh Skullcap

Bouncing Bet

Bouncing Bet

Common Evening Primrose

Common Evening Primrose

Yellow Sweet Clover

Yellow Sweet Clover

Panicled Aster

Panicled Aster

Showy Coneflower

Showy Coneflower

Pale-leaved Sunflower

Pale-leaved Sunflower

Sundrops

Sundrops

Pokeweed

Pokeweed

Happy trails!

Saturday sampler along Veterans Bike Path

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 –

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Woodland Sunflower

Woodland Sunflower

Early Goldenrod

Early Goldenrod

Boneset

Boneset

Flat-topped Goldenrod

Flat-topped Goldenrod

Virgin's Bower

Virgin’s Bower

Moneywort

Moneywort

Purple-leaved Willow Herb

Purple-leaved Willow Herb

Tall Goldenrod

Tall Goldenrod

Great Lobelia

Great Lobelia

Teasel

Teasel

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Happy trails!