No Lifetime Is Long Enough

“It is apparent that no lifetime is long enough in which to explore the resources of a few square yards of ground.”

~Alice M. Coats

Interrupting the southern posts is this weekend’s walk at Knights Hill Nature Park (New London, NH), which we chose because milkweed is blooming now and this place is filled to the brim with milkweed. We hoped to see some monarch larvae on the plants but alas, did not. Yet.  We saw some orange butterflies but they were flitting so fast we couldn’t identify them.

Still, milkweed is beautiful in its own right, as are purple vetch, everlasting pea in pink and lavender, black-eyed Susans, white yarrow, blue self-heal, grasses, bramble, mountain laurel, and other meadow plants, and the many ferns and fungi living here, plus the dragonflies, the honey, mason and bumble bees, and this time even some tiny frogs.

First, the milkweeds:

Asclepias syriaca (milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom, with a lot of yellow
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom, with a lot of yellow
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed), close
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed), close
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom
Asclepias syriaca (milkweed) bloom
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

 

Next, the dragonflies:

 Enallagma sp. (American  Bluet) damselfly
Enallagma sp. (American Bluet) damselfly
mating Enallagma sp. (American  Bluets) damselflies
mating Enallagma sp. (American Bluets) damselflies
un ID'd dragonfly by pond
un ID’d dragonfly by pond

 

Some more flora:

Prunella Vulgaris (Self-Heal)
Prunella Vulgaris (Self-Heal)
Indian cucumber root with label
Indian cucumber root with label
Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan)
Potentilla recta (Sulphur Cinquefoil) in bloom
Potentilla recta (Sulphur Cinquefoil) in bloom
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) in bloom
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel) in bloom
Vinca (myrtle, periwinkle)  with fern in center
Vinca (myrtle, periwinkle) with fern in center
vetch and white achillea (yarrow)
vetch and white achillea (yarrow)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) bloom
Trifolium pratense (red clover) bloom
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting Pea)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting Pea)

 

A few fungi:

 

tree fungi
tree fungi
fungi with cap
fungi with cap
brown-ringed fungi
brown-ringed fungi

 

The frog:

tiny frog on spouses's socks
tiny frog on spouses’s socks

 

Some ferns:

ostrich fern
ostrich fern
sensitive fern with label
sensitive fern with label
cinnamon fern
cinnamon fern
marginal wood fern with label
marginal wood fern with label
common polypody fern
common polypody fern
New York fern with label
New York fern with label
royal fern
royal fern

 

And some views:

meadow view
meadow view
reddish grass in meadow path
reddish grass in meadow path
pond
pond
vernal pool reflections
vernal pool reflections
wooded path with birch
wooded path with birch
meadow with path
meadow with path

 

One Comment on “No Lifetime Is Long Enough

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