Here we are on the second half of June 16. Is it ok with you if we move at the speed of this lovely wood snail? I think snails and slugs are just fascinating-- the way they can change their body shape and "ooze" from one place to another.
The botanical finds of the day just kept appearing. This fern is ebony spleenwort Asplenium platyneuron, which usually grows in rocky places. We found it in sand... like most everything in northern Michigan, Note the dark stems and erect fronds. I've seen this one in the Upper Peninsula (UP), but never in the Lower (LP) before.
Here's another shot enhanced by the water droplets on everything. The picture is mostly the seeds of purple avens, Geum rivule. The flowers aren't too spectacular (there are three in the picture), but the seed pods are like puffs of fine feathers. With the water on the horsetail in the background I think the whole thing looks like a display of fireworks... just in time for July 4th too!
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, we began finding another plant that I'd never seen before. This is a sister to the shinleaf that I showed in bud on June 25. (And I'll have pictures of that in bloom in a few days). This plant is pink pyrola Pyrola asarifolia. The flowers vary from pink to crimson! Wouldn't it be something to see the crimson ones? For now, I'm very happy with the pink blooms. You can't see the leaves in this picture. For the few of you who care about this stuff, they are not elongated like the shinleaf, but are round, almost heart shaped.
Lest you forget that we were moving through a landscape, here is one view of a rather bleak, but beautiful wetland we crossed on several bridges near the end of the day. The next lake after this was a beaver pond. The bridge led... um... right into the water, and then the beavers had built up a very long dam right over the top of it. We were so wet by then that we just sloshed across (of course being careful to make sure the footing was secure).
Stop back tomorrow and see if we got to stay dry.