Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wesley Hill Reserve

After we left the Cummings Nature Center, we decided that we were ready for a little more hiking.  I was still smarting a little over a remark that the receptionist at Cummings had made about me not being able to handle difficult trails.  I'm fat.  But, I do exercise, and I walk or garden most days of the week.  I may not be the fastest walker, but, as long as I have my trusty trekking poles and stop and really look at what I'm walking past once in a while, I can usually get along quite well.  She may have been right, I just didn't like the way she put it.

Anyway, we went right up the road to the Wesley Hill Reserve, and headed down the trail.  What a beautiful woods this is.  I have never seen a place where the woods are so thick, yet enough sun gets through that the ground is covered with grass.
The trail lead down to a small pond.  This was a totally different kind of pond than the Beaver Pond at Cummings.  It was very shallow, and didn't have any of the lily pads that were so prevalent there.  You could see fish swimming in the shallows, and, though we didn't do it, I wondered how many people had dabbled their toes in the clear water.
It's surrounded by an open meadow.  I could just imagine a pioneer building a cabin in that meadow, near to water and open, level land to grow his crops.
There were different flowers here.
Flat-topped Aster
Common burdock blooms in a very lovely shade of pinkish-purple.
Some with bees.
And, this flower, that I'm hoping for help in identifying.  It looks like it's past its blooming prime, but the perfectly round shape of the head that holds lots of individual flowers is quite fascinating.

It was while we were at the pond, however, that I began to notice a very ominous buzzing around me.  Soon, I felt a sharp pain between my shoulder blades.  I turned around and asked my companion what was there.  She quickly brushed off one of those enormous horse flies.  Not the greenies, the ones that look like B-52 bombers.  Man, their bites hurt!  They focused on me, probably because the backpack that I had carried at Cummings, but left behind in the car at Wesley, had left my back wet with sweat.  Before we got out of there, I got bit two more times.  When I got home, I saw that I had three large welts on my back.  But, thankfully, by the next morning, they were gone, with none of the itching involved with the bites of some of the smaller bugs.  Still, their bite is not something that I want to experience again.

Still, it was a lovely walk.  I'm glad I went, and we plan to go back again, in the Fall, when the migrating birds fill the woods.


Sharon said...

Sorry about the remark that lady made, that always hurts...

It looks like that's a nice place to hike. I like the deep woods, such a cozy feeling in there.

OUCH! Those bites are bad! Glad they were gone the next day!

Have a great day!

R. Burnett Baker said...

Very much enjoyed these posts! More than 18 years in Rochester, and I don't know about Cummings Nature Center. Must visit before the warm weather flies!


North said...

There is some serious green in these pics!

I need to go look at them again in the dead of winter.

Lori Skoog said...

Two beautiful walks! Love that Avenue of Pines in particular. Too bad that person had to put their nose in where it did not belong. It would be hard for me not to say something back...not that it would have done any good.

Dive bombing horse flies are nasty.

Upupaepops said...

fark those black triagular flies are Deer Flies and yes they get you right thru the clothes I use to get them at a barn I was at and the red marks would be huge

I like Off spray as you can spray on your clothes. You can also get Pyrethrum spray to inpregnate your clothes. I always wear a long sleved safarri shirt for REI for sun and bug protection.

look in your book under the waterleaf

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) ?

Anonymous said...

Those grassy woodlands are just beautiful. It looks like a restful, soul-restoring sort of place. Except for the fly bite!
Ouch! Glad the itch didn't last too long.

missing moments said...

How rude of her!
Good for you shrugging it off and enjoying such a beautiful hike.
Your photos are gorgeous.
Fall's migrating birds will be another great photo op! Jealous!

TexWisGirl said...

love that one photo just bursting with greenery. refreshing.

sorry about the flies. a horse fly got me the other day too.

A Quiet Corner said...

Louise, first of all, some people are just plain ignorant and down right rude...don't you forget it! Secondly, these pictures you took are awesome and hiking through there sounds like something I would enjoy as an old retiree!...:)JP

Liesl said...

Oh Louise,what beautiful pictures! I am so glad you got to visit this lovely place before winter comes around again! Give that woman a jab on the nose from me...

Woodswalker said...

Such a lovely place! Kind of made the fly bites worth it, didn't it? Your mystery plant is a member of the MInt Family called Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare). But it doesn't smell either like mint nor basil. No smell at all.

WiseAcre said...

I'm guessing the mystery flower is in the mint family (were the stems square?). I'll even go further out on a limb and say it might be Wild Basil - Satureja vulgaris.

Madi and Mom said...

Another fabulous post and commentary. I'm still 'smarting' over the receptionist comment yesterday too. I think you should have given the horse fly directions to her desk.
Madi and Mom

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I would have been ticked about the remark as well, glad you made the trek! Looks like a beautiful place and fun place to hike.

Yes I have noticed fewer bees this year and fewer buttflies as well!

Dreaming said...

I love the color of the light that is filtered through all of the leaves. It looks magical. I can almost believe that forest gnomes and elves gambol there when humans aren't around!
Pippin had one of those horse flies attack him. He went nuts. It may have been that they were attracted to that spot on your back, not because of sweat, but because they knew you couldn't reach it! I swear that's what they do to horses.

Terry said...

Wow, some receptionist!
The lushness is just beautiful.

Samantha said...

That first shot is amazing..what a gorgeous place!
Fly bites hurt like crazy.

Vicki Lane said...

I really enjoyed your pictures and posts from Cummings Nature Center. Wonderful photography!