August 3rd. (Continued from…). 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 walking it every week and documenting the wildflowers that I see.
The early spring wildflowers have finished blooming; it’s time to watch the developing fruit. A few late spring/summer wildflowers are blooming now.
At the Fishing Area, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) was feeding on the last flower – the defiant bud from the previous week - on the Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).
In the ‘Rock Garden,’ I stumbled on…
a cluster of Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor) plants in bloom.
The seed capsules on the Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) were still green; no sign of ripening yet.
The Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides) was still dried.
The fruit on the Eastern Sweetshrub was definitely starting to turn yellow.
The Indian Woodoats (Chasmanthium latifolium) were decorating the trail.
At the inlet below the Old Fort, the…
seed capsules on the Swamp Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) were opened to release their seeds.
I made my way back along the trail with one final stop to look at one final
Cranefly Orchid in bloom at the base of an oak tree.