|Vandolah Nature Preserve|
|remnants of former farmland|
|overlooking Cedar Creek|
|carved out by melting glaciers nearly 16,000 years ago|
| I was going a bit slower than the young and spry...|
I said it was for photography purposes, but really, I couldn't feel my legs!
|Cedar Creek is the largest tributary of the St. Joseph's River.|
And through all of these scenic twists and turns, we found many summertime wildflowers. Hiking during the summer months, I've noticed an abundance of green fauna -above, below, around- but a decline in the floral variety. We were happy to find quite an array of flowers today.
|Moth Mullein, or Verbascum Blattaria|
Moth Mullein has long been known to be an effective cockroach repellent, and the name
blattaria is actually derived from the Latin word for cockroach, “blatta."
|Sycamore leafAnother name for Sycamore is Buttonwood. This common name arose from the fact that sycamore wood was historically difficult to split and generally hard to work with. It was therefore commonly used for butcher blocks and buttons.|
Buckeyes are known as early leaf-droppers, but July is reallllly early.
I wonder what this means for the rest of our autumn season? Read about our previous Buckeye experience here.
|Honey Locust seed pods|
This isn't the first run-in we've had with honey locust. We discovered some interesting
facts about this type of tree after hiking here.
|Do you see him? |
Evelynn sure did, and that's the last I saw of her!
|Common Garter Snake|
Too bad Evelynn didn't stick around, this guy was friendly enough to
let me pick him up with a stick. For a small snake, he was heavier that he looks.
|It was probably for the best...I'm sure General would have done his best have a snake-snack.|