Wildflower Hike at Gilbert Lake – Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thirty-one people turned out for a two-event day. Thirteen people went with Carol Saggese and did a wildflower photo walk. The rest hiked with Fran Darrah. We saw many flowers and plants. Cameras were clicking away as we shot everything in our path. It was quite the scene, as photographers were sitting and lying down in the trail to capture the flowers. A few (in the heat of the action) were even noted to be sitting in a mud puddle, not knowing until it soaked in. One plant we were not sure of turned out to be dwarf ginseng. All agreed this was a fun day and you couldn’t ask for better weather. – Carol Saggese

Scott Fielder supplied the following list of wildflowers photographed:
Blue Violet (Viola papilionacea) – White Violet – Yellow Violet – Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) – Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) – Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) – Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) – Starflower (Trientalis borealis) – Toothwort (Dentaria diphylla) – Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) – Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) – Smooth Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) – Foam Flower – (Tiarella cordifolia) – Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolium) – Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) – Early Meadowrue (Thalictrum dioicum) – Club mosses (Lycopodium spp.) – Goldthread (Coptis groenlandica).

Photographs by Carol Saggese: 1) Solomon’s Seal, 2) Painted Trillium, and 3) Jack-in-the-Pulpit.  Photograph by Janice Downie 4) Group Photo.  Photographs by Scott Fielder: 5) Red Trillium, 6) Wood Anemone, 7) White Violet, 8) Yellow Violet, 9) Foam Flower, 10) Early Meadowrue, 11) Dwarf Ginseng plant, 12) Dwarf Ginseng flower cluster.

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