|Roadside Rainlilies--The Ditch is Back|
|Rain Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)|
|Purple Thistle and all its Horrible Thorns! (Cirsium horridulum)|
|Zigzag Bladderwort (Utricularia subulata)|
|Blue Butterwort (Pinguicula caerulea)|
|Long Leaf Violet and Spider (Viola lanceolata)|
Little spiders scurried around at our feet and tiny baby grasshoppers flew out when we stirred up the grass. There were Hatpins and Sundew and White Violets galore, and a couple of new flowers that we hadn't seen--we have some research to do to identify them. Maybe you can help! Continuing along, we found tiny white Duck Potatoes, a cluster of St. John's Wort and a huge bed of pretty Blue Butterworts. I was hunched over concentrating on getting a good closeup of one when Maralee called out "Snake"! I hurried over and was in time to catch sight of a gorgeous Coral Snake sliding through the grass. It was too fast for us to get a clear photo, but we were both pretty pleased about seeing the Coral Snake. Great day!
|Funnel Web Spider|
|Duck Potato and Crab Spider (Sagittaria latifolia)|
|Big Bed of Butterworts|
|Can you See the Coral Snake in the Grass? Red on Yellow...|
|Hooded Pitcher Plant Flower Buds (Sarracenia minor)|
|Little Metalmark Butterfly on Fleabane|
We heard lots of White Eyed Vireos calling from the woods, saw Vultures circling over and watched bees and wasps and flies furiously feeding on the flowers. Little frogs croaked from the grass and tree frogs clacked from the trees because storm clouds were moving in. Swallowtail, Crescent and Skipper butterflies made brief cameos. There were a few annoying mosquitoes and gnats. This wet weather portends of a buggy summer, unfortunately. But the Sundews will have plenty to feed on!
|Phaon Crescent on Fleabane|
|Dwarf Sundews and their Nutrients (Drosera brevifolia)|
Closer to the ground were the Dewberries and Blue Eyed Grass, while the False Garlic and Coreopsis danced over their heads. We both agreed that this was just the beginning of a long season of regular visits to our favorite ditch. We'll be back.
|False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve)|
|Mystery Flower--Let me know if you can ID it!|
ps--I have learned that this is a Pineland Daisy (Chaptalia tomentosa).