|Field trip participants on the former Reading Railroad bridge over the swamp drainage channel|
|Making our way down from the railroad bed to the marsh|
|Let the botanizing begin!|
|The female half of an Easter Box Turtle pair|
|Last year's nest, probably from a Red-winged Blackbird|
|An abundance of sedges (very challenging to identify)|
|Field trip leader Joe serving as a backdrop for pictures of a blooming sedge|
|Our quarry: Lizard's-tail (Saururus cernuus)|
|One of my favorite plants: parasitic dodder (Cuscuta spp.) (the orange "silly string") How cool is that?|
|Pin oak-red maple swamp forest in the driest parts of the swamp|
I wasn't enthusiastic about participating in this walk. It was on a Saturday morning after I had just worked a full week, and it involved a trudge through mud and extremely dense vegetation (think African Queen here). But, you know what? I had a great time! I got wet and muddy and the company was simpatico. When I got back home and told Kali about my morning, she said, "Despite your belly-aching, I knew you'd have a great time!" She knows me better than I know myself.
A note to my blogging colleagues and readers: Kali and I were on vacation at the end of May (blog post to appear soon), and I have been crazy busy since we got back. I apologize for not having commented or posted recently.