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Trip Report: July 21

The greater purple fringed bog-orchid (Platanthera grandiflora) is finally blooming! I've been looking forward to it since I found the seed pods back on March 9.

Allegheny monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens) on the other hand, was a surprise. I've wanted to see it for years, and suddenly here it is! 

Side-flowering skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

I finally caught the american water-pennywort (Hydrocotyle americana) in tiny tiny bloom. I've been watching it for two months.

Ghost pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Nathaniel spotted this little buddy. He hung out with us for hours in the shelter. I got to watch him eat a little wormy critter! 


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I spent a lovely, warm Saturday adoring my land and its inhabitants.

Isn't it gorgeous?

The northern wood sorrel is blooming (Oxalis montana)

And the cucumber root's funny-looking flowers (Medeola virginiana)

As are the pink lady's-slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule)

I was really excited to find blue flag irises in bud (Iris versicolor). They'll be gorgeous soon!

I also found this crazy-looking fungi. It was poking up all over in the swampy areas. I haven't figured out what it is yet.

I always go there intending to get a bunch of things done, like improving the bridge and laying out trails, and then all I manage to do is adore the land. Oh well :)