Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Red Trail

I have taken two walks since I last posted about them. Normally, I would combine both of them into one entry but both were so great and I have so many pictures, that I think I will give each one its own space.

Monday was the Red Trail. This is the trail that is mostly in the woods, and I was thinking that I wouldn't find much new to write about, as most of the flowers that bloom in the wooded areas are done, now that the foliage is out. But, I was wrong. I did find that the moss was doing very well.

One of the first flowers I identified was Herb Robert. I am surprised every time I go that it is still blooming, and still beautiful.

We had heavy rains over the weekend, and the many small streams in the woods were running full.

The paths through the woods are so beautiful.

There is a swampy area in the middle of the woods. These reeds are growing there. They are already so tall that I wonder how big they will get by the end of the season.

Do you ever wonder where artists in cartoons got the idea for those scary trees with faces, and long arms that reach out for you? Maybe from trees like this?

I did take the extension to the Red Trail that leads through part of the Great Meadow, again. The raspberries are set and should be ripe in early July. I have wild raspberries around my place, too, and nothing is as good for breakfast as a bowl of them, dead ripe and with a little sugar on top.

The milkweed is closer to blooming.

I got a better picture of the Birdsfoot Trefoil

And, I found the prettiest new flower. This is a Depford Pink and the picture doesn't fully capture it's vibrant color.

There were butterflies everywhere, and I, finally, managed to get some good pictures of at least a couple of them.

Though I have gotten a picture of a Red Admiral Butterfly before, I thought this one was fun because I got a Six-spotted Tiger Beetle in the same shot.

This is a Sachem Butterfly. It's pretty small, and it flits, in the true sense of the word. I must have 15 pictures of where this type of butterfly was, just milliseconds before I took the shot.

This is the shot of the day, though. It's a Question Mark Butterfly. It's a little battered, probably because of the storms over the weekend, but that didn't seem to affect its ability to fly. What a pretty thing to see fluttering among the bushes.

I'll leave you, today, with a picture that may be hard to distinguish. See how the plants are all mushed down in the middle. This is where a deer slept through the night.

Tomorrow, a different place -- The Big Woods.


Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning. Really enjoyed seeing your butterflies.

It is interesting that so many of the flowers we are seeing in parks are nonnative. I know herb robert is a huge problem on the west coast. My Dad had a little patch of it. Who knows where it came from, probably road in on a plant given to him by another gardener. Years ago I almost took a start of it from him. It is kind of a pretty thing. Now, I'm glad I didn't.

Louise said...

I didn't realize that Herb Robert was a nonnative! I just thought it was another type of geranium. I'll be looking at it with different eyes from now on.

Upupaepops said...

The Tiger Beetle, how glorious!

AJ-OAKS said...

Thanks for the nice peaceful walk. Beautiful pics. Love the Question Mark Buterfly. Looking forward to the next walk.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Since I've gotten poison ivy, I've decided that I'm going to start taking walks via your blog! You continue to take such beautiful pictures and have such gorgeous scenery to enjoy on your outings!!

Sharon said...

That really is a scary tree, don't think I would want to come up on it in the twilight! I love your walks!

I have found myself looking at the ditches and into the woods when I go someplace. Amazing how plants can migrate from lawn to the woods!

Sandra said...

Well, I really enjoyed the walk through the woods. What a great picture of the Question Mark Butterfly - why is the butterfly called that?

Louise said...

Sandra -- Well, I had a devil of a time identifying it, so, maybe the person who originally named it did too. ;0D

Terry said...

I like your answer to why it's called a question mark butterfly! Good one!

Tina said...

What a nice trail. So peaceful.

Sandra said...

Good answer:))