A couple of days ago she featured Swamp Milkweed. I immediately thought how I would love to see some. The best chance I had, I figured, was the Thousand Acre Swamp, so, off I went. It was a trip well worth making. This preserve is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It is a varied landscape, with over 500 acres, consisting of swamp, woodland and meadow. But, it has always been called The Thousand Acre Swamp. I remember my Dad telling of days in the Summer that he spent exploring the area. He must have been a hardy soul, because this was in the days before bug spray, and the area teems with biting insects.
You walk in via a grassy path and soon begin to see signs of the swamp.
Per Woodswalker, this is, indeed, a sedge.
I should have thought of this one. Again, per Woodswalker, this is Common Elderberry.
Per Woodswalker, this plant is Blue Cohosh. See why I call this woman my mentor?
As I got to the small open area that is just before the parking lot, I noticed something that I had overlooked on the way in. Another kind of milkweed, Poke Milkweed, was growing beside the path. It always surprises me that, no matter how closely I look, I always see something new, when I pass that way again.
And, this is not Poke Milkweed, but Apocynum cannabinum or Indian Hemp, but not the kind you smoke, which is what I thought of when Woodswalker told me what it was. Sigh, can't keep an old hippie's mind off the weed (no I don't smoke any more, haven't since I got out of college.)
So, thank you Woodswalker, for your inspiration, and for all the things that you have, inadvertently, taught me.