Friday, May 17, 2013
Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary, May 13, 2013
Tom and I missed visiting Garbry the first Monday in May because we were birding at Magee Marsh beside Lake Erie. But on May 13, we were back for a Monday visit.
As we entered the woods we saw wild geraniums (Geranium maculatum) on both sides of the boardwalk.
There were still wild ginger blossoms (Asarum canadense) among the leaf litter.
There were still hundreds of Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) but many of them were turning pink as they do before they die.
The Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema) were preaching throughout the woods.
For the first time, we found lots of Mayapple or Mandrake (Podophyllum peltatum) blooms. This photo is one of Tom's.
We both photographed Sweet Cicely, also known as Aniseroot (Osmorhiza claytoni). The first is my photo, the second is Tom's. The flowers are tiny and white, both features which makes it hard to get a good picture of them. If I chew on a leaf or stem, the taste is similar to black licorice jellybeans.
I didn't get a good photo of White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) but Tom did. The berries which develop after pollination are sometimes called Doll's Eyes because they look like those round opening and closing eyes of dolls...white with a dark spot or "pupil".
Tom took this photo of Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) The woods was full of these flowers. Tiny Sweet Cicely blooms accented the patches.
And here is a photo of Tom taking a photo near another patch of Wild Hyacinth.