This morning I took Penny for a lap around the property. I brought my camera along.
In bringing the camera from the air-conditioned house to the humid, sweltering July heat, the lens fogged up. I took a few “soft” shots courtesy of this effect, but the mosquitoes were trying to carry me off. So I set the camera on the deck, went in, and grabbed some Off. After applying it liberally, I grabbed the camera and tried again. By then the lens had warmed up and the fog on it had lifted. Here are the results.
Dewdrop (Dalibarda repens)
I finally found some dewdrop flowers that were not horribly misshapen. I am relatively pleased with this shot.
We’ve been getting a lot of rain for the past couple of weeks, and as a result, I have several pools of standing water in the woods (which explains the mosquitoes). Smack in the middle of one puddle was this blueberry bush bearing a modest amount of berries. I ate them after taking this shot.
Lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
The wintergreen is starting to bloom. I didn’t see any with open flowers, but they are very close. I like this shot because it shows two plants – one with flowers, and one still sporting a berry. Wintergreen hangs onto its fruit through the winter and even to the point when it flowers (as shown here).
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
I liked this mushroom. I haven’t tried to id it.
I don’t do mushrooms, but here’s one anyhow.
I was hoping to see some Indian pipe, and was not disappointed. This is the second of two clumps I found (the other clump being a solitary flower).
Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
These plants are parasitic on the roots of other plants, and they produce no chlorophyll of their own. That’s why they are white.
Whorled loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia)
The loosestrife is still going strong. I thought this shot in full sun came out pretty OK!
Saint John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
As did this shot of some common Saint John’s wort.
Mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella)
This might be garlic mustard, or it could be some other mustard. I pulled it up after photographing it, as I don’t want it taking over.
Some kind of mustard (Brassica spp)
There were several clumps of white campion here and there about the yard, but this one was in the shade giving a softer light more conducive to photography.
White campion (Silene latifolia)
This one surprised me. I haven’t seen it growing on my property before. Samuel Thayer adamantly avows that these are quite edible (they have a reputation for being poisonous). However, he has eaten them many times, and they are a staple in many places (Africa, for one). Thayer thinks their reputation come from people who misidentify it and eat something else in the Solanum genus that is poisonous (but I don’t remember what). There are lots of Solanum’s out there, and many are poisonous.
Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
Here’s some spreading dogbane. You can distinguish is from “regular” dogbane (A. cannabinum) by the way the petals recurve.
Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
I also found some heal-all in bloom.
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)
It’s been in bloom for a while, but this was the first time I had time to shoot it.