Not a whole lot happened today, and sometimes that’s nice. The apple core I left at the frog pond did not wash away, but there were no animal tracks to be seen either. It did somehow make it to the other side of the pond though, so I retrieved it and put it in the smoothed mud.

Monotropa uniflora

I did spot my first Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipe) of the season. It was growing on the trail I cut through my woods earlier this year, about in the same place I spotted one last year. This plant is white, without even a hint of green on it. The first time I saw one, I thought I was looking at a mushroom. But it’s a flowering plant. It has no chlorophyll, and derives all its nutrients from a fungus upon which it grows.

I also finally figured out that a plant I did not know, but which has been growing by the driveway is none other than Medicago lupulina (Black Medic). Once I had the name, I remembered seeing it in my Edible Wild Plants book (Peterson), and thought I recalled that it was poisonous. Well, it’s not poisonous at all, but it does resemble Baptisia australis (wild indigo), which is poisonous. That’s prolly where that notion came from, as the two are listed on the same page.

I took a walk down to Sandogardy Pond with Beth, David, Daniel (a neighbor kid who is good friends with David), and Penny. In addition to seeing the yellow Bullhead Lily, there’s also a white lily blooming in the pond. I removed one of my shoes so that I could wade out and take a close-up picture, but changed my mind and put the shoe back on. I did wade in a couple of weeks ago for the bullhead lily, but that was because I didn’t think there were any good photos of it at the WIkimedia Commons. Instead, I changed my mind, put the shoe back on and maxed out the zoom on my camera. If I can id it and find it has no good photos, then I’ll wade in after it next time. Or bring the canoe.

It didn’t rain yesterday as was forecast. After church I went outside and stomped around the woods a bit. I also put an apple core by the frog pond right in the middle of my smoothed mud section. As I did so, I figured it was going to rain and wash away any bait and animal tracks I might find, but I left it out there anyway (it would have gone into the trash otherwise, so there’s nothing to lose). And now it’s pouring outside. It has been for a couple of hours.

I saw my first Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) of the season in bloom today. I also spotted an Eastern Red Newt, a couple of American Toads, and a broken eggshell belonging to what I think was an American Robin.

Beth wanted yet another pet, so I captured a couple of slugs for her. She put them in a plastic tub that she keeps next to the deck stairs (that spot is always shady). Gastropod mucus does not easily wash off the fingers.