There is a beautiful creek in Allegany State Park with a bankside trail that is in fairly decent shape… though not well marked. It doesn’t need to be well-marked. Just go upstream until you’re tired, then turn around and go down stream….
Although, once we found a trail that veered off from the brook, through some woods, to a utility road, and back down into camp… We didn’t take that route today… just upstream, and then back down. In some of the pools, we could see big, lovely trout… but they were not biting.
While Terry fished, I searched for flowers to photograph…
American Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium americanum)
This flower is tiny – smaller than the nail on my pinkie finger. The plant grows on mossy rocks in creeks… at least, that’s where I always find it… When I checked online, both the USDA plant database and eFloras.org do not list it in the counties where I hike. But I’ve found it in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties…
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
A friend of mine had a picture of trillium in her yard. I was surprised… I hadn’t seen even a hint of leaves on any of my walks yet this year. I didn’t expect to see any today… Yet, there it was.
We have two varieties that are native to our region – Sharp-lobed (H. acutiloba) and Round-lobed (H. americana). I shot a lot of pictures of the flowers today, but never looked at the leaves, so I don’t know which variety I have here…
I also saw and attempted photos (which didn’t turn out) of:
- Trout Lily
- Wood Anemone
- Spring Beauties
- Yellow Violets
It was such a pretty day… Started at 32 degrees with snow on the ground… Ended in the mid-50s with flowers opening… I hated to leave the woods to go home…