Water Under the Bridge
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 65°F, mostly clear, and windy at 1:30 PM on September 2, 2021.
- This week it was Hurricane Ida that dumped a couple inches of rain on us.
- The creek could be heard through the woods and across the fields.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- The view up the creek from trail marker 10 was wilder than in the spring.
- And down the creek was hard to recognize.
- Out in the Fern Glen, our late season black cohosh was starting to bloom.
- Throughout the whole trail system, there was but one storm problem and it was in the Fern Glen.
- Back in the fen, beggar-ticks were blooming. The two-pronged seeds stuck to one's socks are more familiar than the bloom.
- The water looked closer to the deck than it actually was.
- And the matted vegetation showed that it had actually gone down a foot.
- It was hard to imagine more passing under the bridge.
- Thankfully the work on the steps to the deck did not appear to have suffered.
- The zigzag of zigzag goldenrod was easy to observe on a rain flattened plant.
- In a more typical posture the leaves were more recognizable.
- Tall white lettuce was nearby.
- The tubular flowers help ID this plant - the leaves are very variable.
- Rough-leaved goldenrod grows in wet place and its lower leaves get pretty large.
- A trill was overhead by the kiosk up front - cedar waxwings were in the branches above.
- Love that hair.
- Little squiggles of yellow above the edge of a witch hazel leaf prompted an investigation: Drexel's prominent caterpillars. Caterpillars of prominents are colorful and exhibit interesting behavior, such as here when disturbed .
- Around the corner, along the edge of the pond, false Solomon's seal fruit was ripening.
- Closer to the ground, bottle gentian was blooming. It takes something like a bumble bee to get in.
- The assertive little vine, groundnut that has been sprawling over everything was starting to bloom.
- Its pea-like flower indicates it is a legume. Look for rolled up leaves with silver-spotted skipper caterpillars.
- Tiny calico aster was blooming along the railing.
- Back on the trails outside of the Glen, the bottom of the Old Gravel Pit was looking like spring.
- And back at Gifford House, an expanding patch of common milkweed was calling.
- One big monarch caterpillar was to be found.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.