We're in the middle of a heat wave here, and I am not a person who enjoys the heat. I didn't go walking on Monday, but made a concentrated effort to go on Tuesday. I did the Orange Trail, and got there at 8:30 AM, the earliest I have ever been there. As I got there, I met a woman just finishing up, who warned me to put on my bug spray, because the deer fly were out in force. I did, but it didn't do much good. I had the nasty little buggers buzzing around my head for my entire walk. I even got bit, after I sweated off the bug spray. Let me tell you, the bite of those @#$*&^%(*) little monsters really hurts.
Then, as I started my walk, the first thing I noticed was one of those prickery plants that I photographed earlier. It was in bloom, and, with that, I was able to identify it as a Canada Thistle. It's another noxious invader, and very hard to get rid of, once it starts growing.
But, all wasn't unpleasant. There was a shy butterfly, hiding on a leaf.
And, there was enough Butterfly Weed out to keep it very, very happy.
Up in the branches, a Song Sparrow was singing his morning song.
And, a little rabbit was enjoying an early morning salad.
I even found a mystery plant. I think (but am not sure) that this is some kind of bush clover. There are many different kinds of this plant, and I can't pin down which kind it is.
Man, it was hot out there, even that early in the day. The sweat was just pouring off of me. The paper towel I had brought along for swabbing purposes was soaking wet. And, just about half way through the walk, the batteries in my camera gave out. No more pictures on this walk.
I did find another new flower, but I'll have to use a stock picture to show you. It was Moth Mullien. It's a very pretty flower, but a very ugly plant, and, another invader. I wonder how long it takes for some of these invaders to be considered, not native, but accepted?
(From: Colorado Noxious Weeds http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://weeds.hotmeal.net/weeds/Moth_Mullein.jpg&imgrefurl=http://weeds.hotmeal.net/weeds/List_B_Part2.html&h=450&w=300&sz=33&tbnid=WGNKpTY3wcfkNM:&tbnh=275&tbnw=183&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmoth%2Bmullein&usg=__NVt9c2q2XDhhb9lhBEkqCvEhp6I=&sa=X&ei=XrU1TJKkFoaKlwew0szSBw&ved=0CBsQ9QEwAA
After that, I gave up. I hiked as fast as I could, on the rest of the trail. I didn't see anything of interest, but, I was so miserable that I very well could have missed something. I did the trail in record time, and, when I got back to the car, immediately sucked down a 20 oz container of water.
The heat is still oppressive, and isn't supposed to break until the weekend. Until it does, I don't think I'll do any more walks. Too hot for this big wuss. I'll take winter any time.