Monday, September 7, 2015

Summer At Fort Yargo State Park: Shelter A To The Old Fort, July 20th, 2015 (Part 2)

July 20th. (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 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.

Fruit were developing on the Buttonbushes (Cephalanthus occidentalis).

Looking back along the lake from the Fishing Area.

The Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) had finally finished blooming. In the ‘Rock Garden,’…

the seed capsules on the Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) were still doing well.

The Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides) on a tree trunk in the Rock Garden was still dried; two weeks now.

A seed capsule on an Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) was hiding behind the leaves but wasn’t showing any signs of ripening.

Smooth Yellow False Foxgloves (Aureolaria flava) were still blooming in the shade of the woods.

The Perfoliate Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata) plant, that had released its seeds, was still standing but completely dried. 

In the woods just behind the Perfoliate Bellwort, a...

spider, a Basilica Orbweaver (Mecynogea lemniscata), had spun a large web, and…

attached five egg cases to it. (Thanks to Bug Guide for this identification).

A little further along the trail,…

buds were developing on a Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor). It woudn’t be long before they were open.

The Swamp Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) had finished blooming and were developing many seed capsules, one of which had already…

ripened and opened.

Seeds in a segment of a ripened capsule. 

On the walk back to the Fishing Area, I found a…

Cranefly Orchid in bloom beside the trail.

The final spotting for the day was an Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia) butterfly; a beautiful creature and the second that I’d seen on this trail this year. 

This may have been the ‘quietest’ along this trail so far this year, but it did have its high points. 

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