Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Walk with John and Tom at Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary, Monday, April 24, 2017

The sanctuary floor was dominated by the Large-Flowered Trillium and the Wild Blue Phlox.

Leaves are opening on the trees.

Among the Large-flowered Trillium, there are a smaller number of Drooping Trillium.  Sometimes this is called Bent Trillium.

And sometimes Drooping Trillium is maroon.

An even more unusual Trillium is this one...a double trillium.  I wonder if it is a mutant. It is pink because it is aging.

The Wild Hyacinths are becoming showy.  They will be at their peak by this weekend.

The Wild Ginger is blooming.

And after much searching we found a Mayapple blossom.

We found some creatures, too.

Bee Flies were hovering at flowers, and most were zipping off before a person could get a camera focused on them.  Tom "caught" this one.

Tiger Beetles were sunning on the boardwalk, then flying further ahead when we came too close.

We saw Silver-spotted Skippers.  The "Silver" spot is on the underside.

We saw daytime flying moths as well as butterflies.  This one is a Four-spotted Angle.  I learned this from the Ohio Moth site that I follow.

Tom and I were pleased he got this photo of a Five-lined Skink.  We have seen them the last two times we have walked here.  A skink is a reptile, a cousin of lizards.

And we did see one more reptile, a Garter Snake.  They are common in Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary.  They are a shy snake and slither away quickly.

I never get tired of walking in this woods.  There is always something different from the last time I visited.

1 comment:

  1. The double flowered Trillium is beautiful. I have not see one like that before. :)