Trail Report for April 27, 2022
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 50°F, partly cloudy and windy on April 27, 2022.
- The air was even cooler than last week.
- At least that was good for keeping short lived flowers in bloom.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- It took two sweatshirts with the hood up to get down the road to the Carriage House.
- The cool, however, was keeping the magnolia and Bradford pear blooming.
- From time to time the clouds would scatter over the Little Bluestem Meadow and Gifford House.
- Canada mayflower was budding along the path through the Old Gravel Pit.
- Gusts were still making taller plants, such as invasive garlic mustard a challenge to photo.
- A trio of oak galls was clinging to the side of the trail.
- Some kind of cress was spreading along the path.
- Fine leaves, tiny flowers and long pods seem common among a number of species.
- Oaks are famous for hanging on to their leaves, but beech are "marcescent" as well.
- Melting snow and frozen ground is the usual cause of flooding at the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit.
- Backing up just a bit gets one to a convenient detour.
- This goes by the deer management kiosk and deer exclosure - where the forest floor can be compared with and without deer foraging.
- Several visitors were exploring the Fern Glen.
- Spicebush had been blooming for a week by this time.
- Rue anemone had started up back then as well.
- Miterwort (or bishop's cap - both names referring to the leaves) was newly blooming.
- And what a bloom. How should this be named if for the blossom rather than the leave?
- Interesting was pink Dutchman's breeches.
- White is the usual color.
- Squirrel corn usually has a pinkish tinge here.
- A remnant from earlier days, Siberian bugloss was up and blooming.
- The blossom reminds one of forget-me-not.
- Cool weather had favored the short blooming twinleaf.
- Trillium, both large-flowered and red were doing well today.
- Many colonies of large-flowered bellwort could be found in and around the limestone cobble.
- Both toothworts - regular and cut-leaved - were blooming now.
- Around by the kiosk, mayapple was pushing up.
- Back near the boardwalk through the fen, shad bush was blooming.
- Again, the winds made it tricky trying to get a closer look.
- Closer to the ground, leatherleaf was calmer but easy to overlook.
- The little white bells were worth looking for.
- Way in the back of the Glen, large yellow lady's-slipper was finally putting up shoots. We'll keep you posted on the progress of this favorite.
- By the stone bridge was a personal favorite, plantain-leaved sedge.
- The barber shop stripes on the stem and bad hair anthers make such a scene.
- Today's walk ended by the Wappinger Creek at the "Appendix".
- And at the footbridge below, it appeared there was one less mallard than last week.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.