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.
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 –
Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil
Common Blue-eyed Grass
Lesser Daisy Fleabane
Yellow Wood Sorrel
Tall Meadow Rue
Common St. Johnswort
And one last splash of color –
Red Baneberry fruit
Happy Fourth of July!
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 –
American Fly Honeysuckle
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.
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
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 –
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 –
Common Evening Primrose
Yellow Sweet Clover
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