Western Maryland and Pennsylvania, August 2006

 

Western Maryland

Finzel Swamp

This is Queen Anne's Lace, gone to seed
Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) *
You see why it is also called Bird's Nest.

White Sweet Clover
White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)
A portion of the trail was practically walled on either side by White Sweet Clover.

What could this be? Is it False Dragonhead? Or something not in Newcomb's, like Snapdragons?
False Dragonhead (Physostegia virginiana)?

An Orange Sulphur on Yarrow
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) *

Birdsfoot Trefoil
Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) *
The name "trefoil" seems confusing because the leaves appear to have 5 leaflets, but two are actually stipules.

Monarch catterpillar on Milkweed leaf.

Lesser Milkweed Bug on Milkweed fruit.

A White-faced Meadowhawk
White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

Swallow Falls State Park

The naturalist contemplates Swallow Falls and paleontology

There is the fossil of a tree trunk in the rock beside her hand.

Muddy Creek Falls

Without people to give scale it looks smaller than it is.

What better place is there to read on a hot day?

Cranesville Swamp (and bog)

A Shadow Darner at Cranesville Swamp

Look at its eyes!

Round-leaved Sundew in Cranesville bog.
Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

Narrow-leaved Gentian in Cranesville bog.
Narrow-leaved Gentian (Gentiana linearis)

Gentian does not open more than that - I watched this bee force its way in and back out.

Yellow-eyed Grass

Herrington Manor State Park

A male Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

A female Widow Skimmer

A Variable Dancer
Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis)
Why would I post a picture that is out of focus like this? Because the color is so amazing.

A spreadwing - we need to look it up.

That is a fly, not a bee. Notice it only has two wings.
(Diptera family)

A Great Spangled Fritillary

Carlisle, PA

This one speaks for itself.

Hovey's eye.

The Farm

A beautiful peach, one of many

Sunrise

Seedbox

A Pipevine Swallowtail


The following links are for interested naturalists and may not lead to great photographs.

Other wildflowers we took the time to identify:

New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Is this a Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea L.)?
Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
Dwarf St. Johnswort (Hypericum mutilum)
Common Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)?
Wild Basil
Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)?
Some kind of orchid, but not sure what?
Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca scariola) *
Dense-flowered St. Johnswort (Hypericum densiflorum) at Cranesville Swamp
Swamp Milkweed
Blue Vervain
Indian Tobacco
 
I believe I have a photo of the Dense-flowered St. Johnswort, and will try to post it when I find it.

Other wildlife seen:

Roughed Grouse (scared up about 10 of them in Herrington Manor State Park) - no pictures.
Common Wood Nymph Butterfly
Autumn (Yellow-legged) Meadowhawk dragonflies.
Autumn Meadowhawk laying eggs - you can see the eggs!
Robber Flies (mating - really, only naturalists are liable to like this photo.)

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All photographs Copyright 2006 by Albert Hartley.   Even the larger images here are reduced, so if you want an electronic copy or reprint please contact Albert.