I could convey sound and scent, along with the sights of the trail.
The thrushes and other birds offer a lot to the soundscape, while
the bullfrogs add a twang that makes the bird song seem that much
sweeter. One grey morning, I even heard a barred owl. The roses are
magnificent and, to my mind at least, exhibit a far more pleasing
fragrance than ornamental varieties.
Brook Marsh is home to these low-growing Pasture or Carolina Roses
of the trail is lined with these Multiflora Roses (Rosa multiflora),
some with a pink blush at the tips of the petals...
most pure white. All are very fragrant - you often smell them before
you see them.
sinister, "space-alien" is actually Catbriar, also known
as Greenbriar (Smilax rotundifolia). An evil-looking, invasive
packs a nasty surprise for anyone attempting to penetrate a thicket.
relative lacks Catbriar's thorns but has its own, distinct nasty streak.
The name says it all: Carrion-flower (Smilax herbacea) smells
like dead meat.
interesting inflorescence though.
grapes (Vitis sp.) do damage to the trees and shrubs they entwine,
but at least they offer us fruit as recompense.
flowers are often easy to miss. I walked by these False Hellebore
(Veratrum viride) inflorescences many times before spotting
them - despite the fact that the plants are a good four feet tall.
up, the individual flowers display their Lily family (Liliaceae) affiliation.
(Lepidium virginicum) is not a grass at all, but a member of
the Mustard Family (Cruciferae or Brassicaceae, depending on when
you studied botany).
Fleabane (Erigeron annuus).
Strawberries (Fragraria virginiana) are ripe, and very tasty,
I might add. The berry at the bottom right disappeared shortly after
this picture was taken.
Mullein has a wonderful scientific name, Verbascum thapsus.
Go ahead, say it aloud. Sounds like the name of a bank president from
a W.C. Fields movie, or something Daffy Duck would consider despicable.
I seem to recall that these are the fruiting bodies of a Slime Mold,
but none of the books I have at hand provide a clue.
I don't know snails. Can anyone help with an ID?
is a Plume Moth (Family Pterophoridae). The hind wings consist of
a series of feathery plumes, but are not visible here because they
are held folded beneath the extended forewings when at rest.
- closely related, but distinct from the butterflies. These fast fliers
rest with the forewings raised and the hind wings horizontal. There
are quite a few similar species in several genera.
been so close-focused lately, I decided I'd better step back a moment
to gain some perspective. Everything is incredibly lush, thanks to
the season and the rains that have erased our long drought.
too to the Hebron Park & Recreation Department and local volunteers
for taking good care of the trail.