I got to spend Mother’s Day at Panama Rocks with my family.
It’s not an easy place to photograph. If it is a sunny day, the contrasty light makes it very challenging. It was quite sunny when we arrived, but clouds rolled in as our hike continued.
It was a hot day. But the rocks still held on to winter’s cold… quite literally in some spots where there was still ice.
Even though my girls are in their early 20s, they adopted the spirit of 6-year-olds to do the park’s scavenger hunt.
The hunt teaches both natural and human history.
I didn’t really attend much to the facts. I was too entranced by the rocks and trees and play of light.
Maddie was most excited by the scavenger hunt and did find the the treasure in the end!
It was a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Thank you!
Thank you, Barbara, for making me “pay up” on my promise to take you on a wildflower walk. And thank you, Kathleen, for joining us. I think we made quite a (digital) haul! I’m listing only the stuff we saw blooming. There were also leaves of things that have already bloomed, and leaves of things that have not yet bloomed!
In no particular order:
- Colt’s Foot
- Ground Ivy
- Common Violet
- Another paler violet
- One of the Yellow violets
- Sweet White Violet
- Cut-leaved Toothwort
- Wild Strawberry
- Marsh Marigold
- Rosy Bells
- Solomon’s Seal (buds)
- False Solomon’s Seal (nearly open!)
- Wild Oats
- Squirrel Corn
- Dwarf Ginseng
- Spring Beauty – Caroliniana
- Spring Beauty – Virginica
- Red Trillium, including a white one!
- White Trillium
- Wild Geranium
- Blue Cohosh
- Foam Flower (just starting to break out of the buds)
- Trout Lily
- Barren Strawberry
- American Fly Honeysuckle
Here are a few pictures:
I’m not sure of the species. It is paler than the Common Violet.
The White Red Trillium
This doesn’t count because it was berries, not flowers, but we also saw Partridge Berries and Wintergreen.
You can see a slideshow of all the pictures by clicking here. (Well, you can see some of the ones that turned out, anyway.)