On another note, we found last year’s remains of a fair number of Goodyera tesselata (Tesselated Rattlesnake Plantain) in a Jack Pine stand along SR64 north of Motley, along with some pearly everlasting, a couple different species of pussytoes, bearberry, and quite a lot of Indian pipe. We’ll be back there later in the season to see how things are coming up. Right now I am more interested in the pussytoes than the orchid because it may be a species we don’t have yet. We’ll find out in another month or so.
The only thing that went through my mind when I saw this was…“I’m not dead yet” (spoken in a Monty Python type voice, of course). It was not the only bloom I saw this morning, but they were few and far between. Considering the weather we’ve had this month, I was surprised to see any at all.
I managed to get a short field trip in this morning before all the storms hit. The destination was a restored prairie on private property in Washington County, by gracious invitation of the owner (thanks, Mike). While I took some very nice photos of cardinal flower, partridge pea and other wildflowers, this simple one of rattlesnake master is my favorite of the day.