Fishing Wader

It was mid-morning so I had low expectations for any creatures to be out and about.  I’d surprised a beaver the other morning, just after dawn, as it swam away with a newly harvest sapling.  There was a muskrat about this morning in the overflow pond, where I’d not seen one before.  The great blue …

Healer’s Plant

I’d noticed this pink flower looking very strange and hadn’t realized that it hadn’t actually flowered.  It’s Joe Pye weed ( Eutrochium) and is a cluster of pink nodes until it flowers.  I saw two sets of this plant, one in flower and one not yet there.

White Coneflowers

The coneflower ( Echinacea ) is one of my favorite wildflowers.  These white ones initially made me think of daisies or asters but you can tell the coneflower by the cone.  These sprouted very close to the railway tracks.

Musk Mallow

The bindweeds are small white and pinkish trumpet flowers and I almost wandered past this flower without a second look, thinking it was one of the same.  But it appears to be Musk Mallow ( Malva moschata ), another alien invader.  But it’s a lovely pink flower with lines that remind me of a very …

Return of the Asp

The gill over the ground creeping ivy was the first low blue flower along the path.  Late last summer I saw a taller blue flower, so I have been keeping an eye out for it again.  The viper bugloss has delicate red stamens protruding from inside the flower.

Solitary Buttercup

This is a real member of the family ranunculus, unlike a previous mistaken identity.  This was a solitary blossom that may have escaped the municipal lawn mowers.

Purple Aster Emerging

This aster surprised me as I walked along the path; I was certain it wasn’t there yesterday.  This Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens) is brilliant against the green background it emerged from.  You can see others about to appear.