I entered Bog Meadow Trail from the new trailhead off Meadowbrook Road and immediately noticed that much work had been done to thwart the beavers' attempt to swamp this section as they had other parts of the trail. And I also noticed that the water level had lowered considerably from where it had been a few weeks ago in this open marsh. Must be, one of their dams has been breached. I wonder how long it will take for them to build it up again. And fill this marsh once more.
One of the first beauties I found was Monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens), a wetland denizen with bright-blue flowers that somebody once upon a time thought resembled the face of a monkey. What an imagination! And what a pretty flower!
Here's another wetland flower that somebody once upon a time named an odd name: Skullcap. Marsh Skullcap, to be exact (Scutellaria galericulata), distinguished from other local skullcaps by the pairs of humped flowers that grow from the leaf axils.
What flower would be more at home in a swamp than Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)? And there were many of them in beautiful bloom on this dayl
And look what I found on that Swamp Milkweed! A big fat Monarch caterpillar! From the look of the carved-out leaf this pretty creature was resting on, it looked as if it had already finished its dinner.
And that was my signal it was time to head home to begin fixing mine.