The Black Locust trees at Charleston Falls (and throughout the Miami Valley) are in full bloom. They were the first thing I noticed when Tom dropped me off in the parking lot. He said he'd be back after he bought a decaf coffee at a McDonald's about fifteen minutes away.
The day was overcast but I decided to be optimistic. I left my water resistant jacket in the van and wore my lightweight hoodie.
After taking this photo, I glanced down and saw this.
A Yellow Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis)
They remind me of a dandelion because of their color. Their "fruit" is a bit like that of a dandelion but much bigger and with a more intricate pattern. The insect reminds me of a bee but it might be a fly. There are bee mimics in the fly family.
(June7, 2015 Here is the seedhead taken by Tom.)
I headed down the trail to the falls. Now and then I felt a drop or two of rain. I probably should have worn that jacket.
The Jack-in-the-pulpits were still looking fresh but the Mayapple flowers were fading. Some had dropped their petals. I probably will see the fruits (green apples) forming next Saturday.
I was pleased to see this patch of False Solomon's Seal. One of these flowers blooming by itself does not attract walkers but a patch of them is noticeable.
Close up of flowers
The flower buds are still in a tight ball.
As I knelt down looking at the Waterleaf, I noticed these stems among the Wild Leek or Ramps
(Allium tricoccum) leaves. Are they the stems for the Wild Leek Flowers that bloom when the leaves have disappeared???