Tufted Loosestrife

Here’s something new: tufted loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora L.), also known as water loosestrife. I happened to stumble across it today at Paul Smiths. It occurs in the northern US and Canada, but has never been documented in Franklin County. It’s a wetland species, ranked S4 (apparently secure) in New York, but is threatened in New Hampshire.

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The Snapper

As I watched this snapping turtle lay her eggs, I wondered how old she was. Some live up to a century, but I think this one saw the dinosaurs.
Snapping Turtle
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

Labrador Tea

Success. Not only was Arethusa flowering, but more was discovered! I’ll be returning tomorrow to wade through the water and conduct a formal count. In other news, labrador tea was in full bloom.
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea in Full Bloom
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

Orchid Hunting

At long last the weekend is here! It’s time to get out and photograph some wildflowers. I’ll be hiking out to a colony of Arethusa, one of the North Country’s rarest and most beautiful orchids.
Arethusa
These were photographed last year on June 23rd. It may still be a little early for flowers, but it’s worth checking.