July 27, 2022

Wordless Wednesday: July Fen

midsummer insets
July Fen
[Insets, L to R: Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus),
Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)]

spring insets
May Fen
[Insets, L to R: Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)]

winter
January Fen

18 comments:

  1. This looks like a magical place. There's always something special about wetlands, I think.

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    1. Yes, I didn't even know it was in the state park until three years ago, and I've been hiking there for years. From the trail, at this point, you can look across the fen to a little river that empties into the lake. In the winter and early spring, you can see the river and the lake from this spot. Very magical and hard to describe and convey--both in words and in photos.

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  2. Beautiful!
    How is your monarch count going this summer?
    Ours is very low. :-(

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    1. Thanks, Carla. I decided to wait to raise caterpillars until the end of the summer because I was busy with the Fling at the beginning of the season. I haven't been counting monarchs, specifically, but they've been rare sightings this summer, for sure. I saw some caterpillars on my milkweed early in the season, but I haven't seen many lately. The monarch butterflies, however, seem to be increasing just a bit. It's a sparse year, though. :(

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  3. The inset photos are a perfect way to underscore the differences season to season, Beth. July looks wonderful in your part of the country!

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    1. Thanks, Kris. There are so many wildflowers in the fen, but it's not as obviously vibrant as some of the prairies are. But it's stunning and a very special place in its own way. Hard to describe. I can't imagine a better place to live than here from May through October. I love it! Ask me again in February, though. That's definitely when I'd prefer to be somewhere else. ;-)

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  4. Very nice ... you are a master of inset photos!

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    1. Why, thank you. :) They were pretty easy to do. So many beautiful wildflowers to enjoy this time of year.

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  5. Lovely wild flowers. What a wonderful place for wild creatures that must be.

    And yes, you are a master of inset photos!

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    1. Yes, it's a special place. Photography really can't do it justice. Thanks for your kind comments. :)

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  6. A fabulous place and wonderful natives!

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    1. Yes, it's really special. Great for hiking and observations. :)

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  7. I like these photos, taken at season points, posted together. It looks like a wonderful place to visit--and preserve.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it's fun to see and compare the same place in different seasons and growing conditions. :)

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  8. Great way to present the long views and details in your fen and across seasons.

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    1. It's a special place--difficult to share adequately through a blog post, but I'll keep trying. ;-)

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  9. I do like the sequence of photos you posted today. Same place yet so different. Thanks for the posting.

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    1. Yes, it's interesting and fun to study the same place over the course of a year, to note the changes through the seasons. :)

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