September can be such a tease! Deep down, we know it’s fall. The kids are back to school, after all. But it’s still so warm ….and sunny….. and there are still some flowers blooming….. Maybe this year summer will last allllll they way through to November. Then Christmas, then a little exciting snow. And then spring will just rush in all joyous and happy and stronger-than-snow in April.
We decided to take a walk down an old snowmobile trail that parallels a good sized stream, just a few miles from home. The main goal was Gentiana crinita, the ever -elusive fringed gentian. These days, that’s always the main goal! No Gentiana crinitia, but as usual, we found plenty of amazing-ness.
Bidens cernua, or nodding beggar’s-tick. We came across a huge patch of this in a wet area… it was quite beautiful! It was our first sighting of it for the year, and even though they are an end-of-the-summer indicator, we still love them :).
Trichostema dichotomum, or forked bluecurls. These teeny tiny wonders are quite common…you just need to get close to the ground to see them :). Look in dry field or disturbed areas, and you are sure to find them this time of year!
Pollination…. or flower sex. Pollen from a male flower has to somehow make it’s way onto a female flower’s stigma. Every flower has a unique method of doing so – a unique combination of colors, scents, and techinque. The flower of the narrow-leaved gentian, or Gentiana linearis, never opens! It relies on big ol’ bumbling bumblebees to force their way in. This is one case where brute force really IS the answer!
This area was filled with Gentiana linearis, and the bumblebees were buzzing. I could have watched for hours!
Ohhh, it’s almost hunting season! Our first white tailed deer of the year! We spooked him as we came around a corner (I MAY have been talking…), so this was the best shot we could get, but hey. And bunnies, well, we probably walk by them every time we are out in the woods, but we rarely see them. They hide quite well! New Hampshire has these Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus), the introduced Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) and the quite rare native New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis).
And of course, the grasshopper on dandelion shot. I see you!