Oh gosh, but I don't think I've ever gone so long without posting a blog! It's not that I haven't been out exploring the woods and the waterways, it's just that I'm feeling my age these days. When I get back from hiking or paddling all day, it feels more like it's time for a nap instead of time to prepare a blogpost. I do like to keep this blog going, though, if only to maintain a searchable record of what's blooming where and when. So let me try to catch up.
Canal Park at Lock 4, September 14
More than a week ago, my friend Ruth Brooks and I learned of another rare plant -- Ohio Flat-topped Goldenrod (Solidago ohioensis) -- that once had been found on the banks of the Hoosic River where it joins the Hudson in Rensselaer County. So back we went to Canal Park to see if we could find it, even though this Threatened species of goldenrod hadn't been reported from here for many, many years. We first searched a low wet area near the junction of the two rivers. There were many interesting plants here, but no goldenrod that met the description for the rare species we were seeking.
Whew! There, I'm all caught up, ready to head out for more nature adventures later this week. Lucky for me, I have other things to attend to this week, so I won't have more to report on for a while. Now to file all my photos, and put this blog baby to bed!