Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Friday, October 21, 2016

Butterfly Meadow

Today is cold and rainy and miserable.  I am waiting to see if we will monitor.
Last Friday was crisp and clear and beautiful.  There was a little frost on the low lying plants and a bit of mist in the air as we headed out to Butterfly Meadow.

Frost on the plants, including Legget's Pinweed 
(small seed heads mostly on the bottom left of the photo)

Frost and mist beyond the Oaks

The leaves were just beginning to change.

Dew outlines a garden spider web.

There number of Allegheny Ant mounds have been increasing over the years.  
These ants place formic acid on the top of their mounds to discourage plant growth.

Spiranthes species orchid
Much of the area is a wet meadow.

Bottle gentians were seen for the first time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bottle Gentian

Last Friday Jerry and I went out to monitor by ourselves.  
For the third week in a row, we tried and failed to find the rarest of Ohio plants, the Prairie Gentian.  
There was a new woodchuck den in the vicinity of where the plant has always been seen.  

Next we went to Campbell Prairie to look at the Bottle Gentian.  It had already been counted, but was too pretty to miss taking a peak at.

One of the last things left to monitor was the Thyme-leaved Pinweed, so we headed to Badger Barrens.  
The Winged Sumac along the forest edges was starting to turn.

These yellow mushrooms contrast with the leaf litter.

A sandy field at Badger Barrens

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fringed Gentian

Yesterday we went to Wiregrass Lake to monitor.
Giant Sunflower was blooming.  It is not endangered, but beautiful none-the-less.

And Big
(It is in the center of the photograph - twice as tall as the surrounding plants)
Shortly after taking this, Penny stepped on a yellow jacket nest (as she is want to do).  We had to run all the way back to the parking lot to get away from them.  No one was stung - probably because it was such a cool morning.

So, we decided to walk down the road to a field we have previously named "Gentian Meadow".
Along the way we marveled at the changes we have seen over the years on this particular corridor site.
There has been quite a bit of land management - tearing out swaths of Buckthorn and topical herbicide application.  It is now open and filled with native wet meadow plants.

Privately owned and unmanaged land nearby looks like this.  
Buckthorn completely fills the understory.

Sure enough, the Fringed Gentian was in all it's glory.

All through the meadow

The Ladies Tresses were blooming as well.

As we left for home a beautiful Dragonfly bid us farewell.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Foggy Morning

We monitored Great Lakes Goldenrod along both sides of the Oak Openings Parkway this morning.

Jerry, Denise, Diane and Larry

In the fog

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Real Pokemon

Patrick stayed with us again last week and we continued our Pokemon adventures.    
One of my favorites is Venonat.  I caught him at a Mudhen's game.

Oddish is a grass type,  so we most often saw him on our many trips to the Metroparks.

We ran into this guy on one of the paths at Wildwood.  
He's a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar.  
The theory is that he's trying to imitate a snake to scare away birds who might eat him.  
Patrick wasn't buying it.
I thought he looked like a real world Pokemon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Fifty years ago, my Mother recorded in my baby book that my first friend was Lora Wooten. 
It's been wonderful to be a part of her wonderful family over the years.
Last Saturday was her daughter's bridal shower and I don't think she could have been happier.

That's Emily and her fiancĂ© Tony.  
He just took a job at the University of Toledo, so they'll be in town a while.

Her son, Josh, was married to a wonderful woman four years ago.  He's just to the right of his father.
Her other daughter Rachael was married in the spring and will be expecting a daughter of her own in the fall.  
Plenty to be joyful for.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Yellow Team

Patrick stayed with us this past week.  
He has been playing Pokemon Go since it came out last month.  
I love the fact that it inspires him to go places and walk.  
We've been to several parks, the Zoo, the Botanical Garden and the Art Museum. 

Yesterday morning Patrick slept in a bit, while I went monitoring.  
We looked for Purple Fringed Orchid in places it had not been seen for a while.
Jerry worked for many years at Oak Openings and knew exactly where most of the sites were.
There was one site he was not familiar with, however.

We walked quite a way along a deep ravine, wondering if we would find the right spot.  We knew we had when we came across E.D.  He is a local orchid expert.  
Unfortunately, he confirmed there were no orchids except at the locations we found them in last week.

We did find many yellow things, however.
A yellow spider near the creek

A yellow mushroom

A yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Patrick and I went to Grumpy's for lunch.  
He helped me download the Pokemon Go app and sign up for ...
the yellow team - his team and a fitting one given all the yellow I had encountered.

We had a nice time walking around the ball park and the convention center and a few of the parks downtown.  
We ended the afternoon cooling off in the air conditioning of the library - sitting just outside the McMaster Auditorium.