Sunday, April 23, 2017

Walking with Jeanne at Charleston Falls on Saturday Morning, April 22, 2017

This is what greeted Jeanne and me as we walked to the entrance to the main trail.  The Sassafras was in bloom.

If you click on the flower head, you will see an ant.  I suppose it is gathering or sipping nectar.

Today the woods was a showcase of flowers.  It will be one of the most memorable walks I've taken here.  It was nice to have Jeanne with me to enjoy it.

We took our usual walk of a little over an hour but there was so much to see that we only walked to the falls and then returned to the parking lot by way of Octagon Prairie.

Below is some of what we saw.

Maroon Drooping Trillium.  The flowers are usually white, only sometimes maroon.

The first blooming Wild Hyacinth I have seen this spring.  I had to relearn its name this year.  I have been calling it Wood Hyacinth...wrong, wrong, wrong.

The young Ohio Buckeye trees were in full bloom.  The weather must have been perfect for the blossoms to come out all at once.

There are still plenty of Dutchmen's Breeches to be found.

Solomn's Seal is in bud.

The yellow is one of the Ragworts.  Behind the Ragworts are the Umbrellas of Mayapples.  We saw many clumps of mayapples.  In each of them we looked for blooms.  We found none in the woodsy area.

Jack-in-the Pulpits were here and there.  A few were showing the maroon stripes on the pulpit.

This Goldenseal was a surprise.  I haven't seen one at Charleston Falls for many years  though I have looked often.

The falls and the birds in the trees provided lovely background music as we walked.

We walked through Octagon Prairie as we headed for the parking lot...and we saw what we had been looking for in the woods...a blooming Mayapple.


I will post this blog now and probably revisit it and do some revising.  I have been having trouble with watery eyes.  The condition is aggravated if I look at the computer screen for more than a half hour.  Such is life.






1 comment:

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sorry to hear about your watery eyes. That is the pits. Oh well you can spend more time walking around in your area looking at Spring flowers! I sure enjoyed seeing them! :)