Sunday, September 6, 2015

Summer At Fort Yargo State Park: Shelter A To The Old Fort, July 20th, 2015 (Part 1)

July 20th. I started to walk again at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. One of my favorite walks is from the Group Shelter A to the Old Fort and back.This is a rewarding walk for viewing wildflowers and I’ve been trying to walk it weekly and document the wildflowers I see.

The route, which I described here, here, and here. 

The early spring wildflowers have finished blooming; it’s time to watch the developing fruit. A few late spring/summer wildflowers were blooming now.

Spotted St. Johnswort (Hypericum punctatum) was a newcomer to the wildflower line-up along the first open section of trail.

The fruit on the Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) was still sneering; no sign of any pink yet. 

Virginia Meadowbeauty (Rhexia virginica) a.k.a. Wingstem Meadowbeauty, Deergrass, Handsome Harry, had begun to bloom at the water’s edge. I had to risk falling into the water to get these photos. Flowers of this species are much brighter than the pale flowers of its cousin, the Maryland Meadowbeauty (Rhexia mariana) that was blooming in ditches by many roads.

The Starry Rosinweed (Silphium astericus) was still blooming nearby. 

In the woods just before the first bridge, the…

berries on the Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) plants were still green. These berries take a long time to ripen. 

The Pipsissewa (Chimaphila maculata) also take a long time to mature. 

On the other hand, it looked like the…

fruit on the first Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) was starting to ripen. The previous week, it was deep green; on this week, it was distinctly yellowish. Finally!

In contrast, the seed capsules of the Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) vines showed no change from the previous week.

There  weren’t any flowers left on the Nakedflower Ticktrefoil (Desmodium nudiflorum) plants; just loments developing.

I didn’t notice, until I processed this image, that a small spider had spun a web and was lurking behind the loment waiting for lunch.

The seed capsules on the witchhazel bush (Hamamelis sp.) remained unchanged, but were healthy, and there was still no change in the…

the flower buds developing for this season.

In contrast to the fruit on the first Eastern Sweetshrub bush, the fruit on the small bush above the cliff was still deep green.

Although aging, the bracket fungus on the pine snag was still quite impressive. I hope it grows again next year so that I can identify it conclusively. 

From the cliff, I walked over to the Fishing Area. 
(To be continued…)

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