Blacksnake Mountain

Closeup of the topo map at the trail head.

The topo calls the mountain “Blacksnake.”  The trail is labeled “Black Snake.”  One word or two?  I don’t know.  Either/or, I guess.  It’s in Allegany State Park in Western New York and it should be called Wildflower Mountain.  I hiked it on May 2, 2012 on a mostly cloudy day with temperatures in the 60s and black flies buzzing annoyingly in small clouds around me and the dogs.  I could picture my new bottle of insect repellent sitting on the shelf above my desk at work as I tied a scarf around my head like Aunt Jemima to try to keep them from biting along my hairline like they usually do.  I should put a second bottle in the car, I guess.

I was absolutely astounded at the number of species that I found in bloom and wished the puppy had less energy so I could put the macro lens on my camera and take each one’s picture.  But every time I bent to take a look at something, muddy paws and a curious nose came between me and the flower.  One of these days, I’ll hike the trail with camera only and get the shots I’m looking for.  Today was for the dogs.

Squirrel Corn

I made a few photos and a list.  (Full slideshow below.)

  • White Trillium
  • Red Trillium
  • Dwarf Ginseng
  • Trout Lily
  • Spring Beauty
  • Dutchman’s Breeches
  • Squirrel Corn
  • Water Carpet
  • Wild Oats
  • Solomon’s Seal
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Red Elder
  • Canada Violet
  • Common Violet
  • at least 2 kinds of yellow Violets
  • Sweet White Violet
  • Long-spurred Violet
  • Kidney-leafed Buttercup
  • Foamflower
  • Hepatica (I found one still blooming, and lots gone to seed)
  • Toothwort
  • Barren Strawberry
  • Swamp Buttercup
  • Ground Ivy

Clintonia (I think)

In addition to those which were all blooming, I also found leaves of the following:

  • Canada Mayflower
  • Clintonia
  • Mayapple
  • Leeks
  • False Hellabore
  • Wild Geranium
  • Virginia Waterleaf
  • Yellow Mandarin
  • Starflower
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Golden Ragwort
  • 2 or 3 different bellworts

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5 thoughts on “Blacksnake Mountain

  1. this story is sooo familiar: the dogs, the mosquito repellent within mind’s reach, but not anywhere nearby, the temps, the flowers, the beauty and lots of swatting amid fractured attempts to photograph! these days turn out to be some of the best memories (after the bites settle down and the dogs are asleep and you look through the day’s images…)

  2. A very impressive list! I’m trying to learn the names of the plants I see a little bit at a time, but I admit I get impatient with myself. There’s this part of me that wants to identify everything I see. 🙂

    I love your slideshows of photos. Very cool idea, and great blog!

  3. Seneca chief Govenor Blacksnake was the nephew of chief
    Cornplanter,also called “Chainbreaker”.This trail named for
    him dips into Pennsylvania for a few hundred feet at the
    southern most pointalong the route.

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