Yellow Lady's slipper
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 80°F, clear with light winds at 2:00 PM on May 25, 2021.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- Little wood-satyr and Hobomok skipper were back, and one silver-spotted skipper went by.
- Pink and Yellow lady's slipper were still blooming in the Fern Glen.
- The Cary Pines Trail was pretty quiet until the top of the Fern Glen where a couple Zabulon skippers were chasing each other.
- Hobomok skippers were at the other side of hill; their yellow patch below is less extensive.
- The Zabulon turned to catch some sun. From above, it is not so easy to tell the two apart...
- Something dark darted by... a female Zabulon? No, Juvinal's dusky-wing .
- Dragonflies have been out in increasing numbers. A twelve-spotted skimmer perched in the sun a moment.
- Penstemon or beardtongue was blooming on the dryer side of the hill.
- Down along the pond, false Solomon's seal was finally blooming.
- Wild geranium had started the week before.
- The green of carrion flower blends in well with surrounding foliage.
- Its viney stalk stands out a little more obviously.
- Alternate-leaved dogwood does not last long.
- Out in the poor fen, Labrador tea was looking good.
- The strange, nodding flower of pitcher plant would be open in another day.
- A native honeysuckle, limber honeysuckle was blooming farther along the boardwalk.
- In the shrub swamp area, tiny flowered water speedwell was easy to miss.
- Included in our Phenology Trail, pink lady's slipper had been blooming since last week.
- Wild sarsaprilla resembles an ash seedling.
- But it bears a small flower ball below.
- Way in the back of the 'Glen, yellow lady's slipper was having a good year.
- Near the deck, wild stonecrop was an interesting ground cover.
- It was hard to find a bloom on the swamp azalea; it's had better years.
- Invasive dame's rocket was blooming everywhere.
- Our native wild blue phlox has five petals and doesn't grow as tall.
- At the front of the pond, strange sweetflag was doing what it calls blooming.
- Back on the Cary Pines Trail, in the Old Gravel Pit section, hay-scented fern was teasing the eye.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.