Monday was the only day in this week’s forecast that showed sun. Since I didn’t have to be to work until 2:00pm, I decided to hop in the car at 7am and head for my favorite place in the world: Girl Scout Camp Timbercrest. I thought I’d see what was blooming and take advantage of the wonderful early morning light. Here are some of the photos I snapped:
False Hellabore (Veratrum viride)
Keyser Lake is a little higher than usual which put these right in the lake. I loved the reflections of the surrounding forest around these plants. This photo was taken near the bridge over the creek that feeds Jackman Bay.
Early Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
I knew about the patches of this at “Lakeview” – that flat area past Sunset that looks out over Keyser Lake. I guess I never paid attention before to how many of these are out on the Peninsula! Why, the ground is nearly covered with them. How come I never noticed before?
Sessile-leaved Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)
The Peninsula has fairly harsh living conditions. The beavers keep the trees short so there is little shade out there. The wind whips over most of the time. As a result, the plants out there are often dwarfed. This Bellwort looks normal in this picture, but it was soooo tiny compared to others I find in the woods.
Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
I found Red Trillium, too, but none of my pictures came out particularly well. I forgot to go up to the road behind Sunset to see if the Painted Trillium were blooming. Darn.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Oh my gosh… I found the BIGGEST patch of Wintergreen sporting the BIGGEST, ripest, most delicious berries ever! (Yes, I ate some!) You have to get off the trail and go close to the lake over in Beaver Bay. Yum.
I’m not sure what kind of fern this is… Haven’t tackled ferns in earnest, yet. It was right along the shore of the lake in pretty soggy ground – in fact, the stand, I’m sure, is sometimes IN the water. Anyone out there want to take a stab at species?
Golden Saxifrage or Water Carpet (Chrysosplenium americanum)
There was just enough of a breeze to make photographing this tiny plant nearly impossible. I spent several minutes on my knees on a rock on the side of a creek. I snapped dozens of photos. This one was the best of the lot. Oh well… Isn’t it tiny and weird?
Toothwort or Crinkleroot (Cardamine diphylla)
There were tons of these all over the place, but this was the only one I found blooming. I also found tons and tons of Spring Beauties, but not a one with blooms open… Guess it was just a little too early in the morning.
Prickly Gooseberry or Dogberry (Ribes cynobati)
I found this one up behind Strawberry Hill. The breeze challenged me on this one, too, as did the closing canopy. But somehow I managed a couple of shots that were fairly well focused and in good light.
It was the perfect morning for a walk. Started off cool, but warmed up quickly. Well worth the drive to camp. (I’m going to cross-post this at my Camp Timbercrest blog.)