Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another Sunday walk

Today, I retraced June's Spring wildflower walk in my parents' woodland to see what had become of yesterday's delicate beauties.

The yellow clintonia blossoms have been replaced by round blue berries. Clintonia is also known as blue bead. The ones in these woods must be tasty--legend has it that hunters in northern Quebec rubbed the juice of the bunch berry on their bear traps because the bears were attracted to the scent.

The bunchberries which carpet the forest floor in some areas had let their pretty little faces turn to red berries that are tasteless to us, but are welcome food for spruce grouse.






The trillium (I remember its name by thinking--thrillium because it's such a thrill to see) now sports a bright red seed pod.










The seasons march on so quickly--well winter doesn't march that quickly here, but the season of growth does. In Northern New England, we are all busy harnessing summer's energy before the long cold season.


7 comments:

beckie said...

Beth, that was very interesting. I like knowing what flowers will do-as in seed pods or berries. Thanks for showing both in the same post. Hasn't summer sped by? School starting, fields of corn and soybeans ripening, and yes, even the smell of a not too distant fall is in the air now on these cooler mornings. I am sure we will have some very warm days yet, August can be brutal. But we are enjoying a cooler spell and I am LOVING it.

KGMom said...

Such sweet little flowers from your forest walk. Thanks.

The Texican said...

Always a pleasant place to take a Sunday stroll. Pappy

Ruth said...

Great post and great pictures! I never go in our wildflower woods in the summer because of mosquitoes. Now I see what I am missing.

Rambling Woods said...

You are rainy up in Maine too. I am in WNY and it has been rain and more rain. Our pond is higher than it has ever been...Thank you for the info on the flowers....

Jayne said...

That's neat to see the changes that have occurred since spring Beth! Thanks for taking us along. Our mornings are now getting much cooler (in the high 60's) and darker.

TheElementary said...

I love your nature posts, and the photos are, as always, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this. You're one that pays attention to the little things and sees the beauty. Much needed. You know so much about flowers and plants!