Easter weekend was our weekend for wild things. The day before the raccoon made its appearance in my Secret Garden we went on a wildflower walk along the C&O Canal with our guide Mary from the Potomac Audubon Society. . . .
I've always wanted to learn the names of wildflowers and thought it would help to have someone show me in the wild what each one was rather than try to figure it out from a drawing in a book. So many look alike! Here are a few of the many we saw. This first one with the small white flower has leaves that look very similar to another flower's leaves. . . .
Mary pointed out that the flower of the Squirrel-Corn looks like a heart. . . .
While this one looks like a pair of pants. . . .
As we walked along the towpath of the C&O Canal we saw what was left of an old bridge across the Potomac River. . . .
And what was left of the train trestle that crossed the river. . . .
This path led from the towpath to the Potomac River. . . .
We could see this private house from the Towpath. . . .
This next flower (the spikey leaves) in past times was dried and used to stuff mattresses. . . .
|Plumed Solomon's Seal (left) & Hedge Bedstraw (the spikey one)|
|Gill-over-the-Ground aka ground ivy|
|Wild Yellow Tulip|
The flower for this plant grows further down the stem on the ground. . . .
The rest of the walk was "extra" for those in the second group who wanted to continue on. I'm so glad we did! This little path led up to a ledge. . . .
|May-apple and Yellow Violets|
Another interesting tree, this one still living. . . .
We came back down to the towpath and could see the rock formations we'd been walking along. This section had several caves. This one has a path leading up to it. . . .
We had a pleasant walk back to the car along the Potomac River. We figured we walked about 4.5 miles in the 2.5 hours we were on the tour. . . .
Our drive home took us past sheep up on the hill and cows down in the pasture. . . .
You can read this newspaper article about the first group's walk. Here is an identification guide that might help you identify wildflowers in your area: Wildflower Information.org This one lets you key in shapes and colors to bring up a list of possibilities: My Wildflowers.com
May all your wanderings bring pleasant surprises and delightful moments!