Friday, July 26, 2019

Flowers, Berries, and More

When hiking or walking in the woods, it's fun to slow down and look at what's blooming on the side of the trail. Here's what I saw at Federation Forest State Park, Washington State, this past week. Sorry I can't identify all the plants. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The trails were wide and easy for the
walking group to traverse.
These tiny white flowers brightened the path.
Foxgloves bloomed near the visitors' center and all along the highway
These unusual plants go by several names:
Indian pipe, ghost plant, or corpse plant.
They were between 4 and 6 inches tall.
These berries glowed like rubies in the shade
beneath the tall trees.
We saw quite a few mushrooms and toadstools.
Thistle
Cedar (left) and Douglas fir (right)
View from our picnic spot along the White River.
The river gets its milky color from glacial run-off from Mt. Rainier.




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30 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Wow! I especially love those foxgloves. I've never seen those before.

There's an app I learned about when I was becoming a Texas Naturalist called iNaturalist. You take a picture of the plant or animal you want to identify with the app. A list of possibilities appears. It can be very useful.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for letting me know about iNaturalist. I can see how it would be extremely useful.
Thanks for leaving a comment on today's post, too.

Colleen L. Reece said...

Creation is so awesome with all its flora and fauna. Something funny. When my brothers and I were kids, we liked to make up alternate names. We called fox gloves "wolf mittens!" Showy and gorgeous. I soooo enjoy your posts! Keep up the great work, gal.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love "wolf mittens." What clever children! I'm delighted that you enjoy my posts, Colleen.

Kelly Marshall said...

The Indian Pipe is interesting. I've never seen them before.

Paulita said...

Sandra, What a beautiful walk in the woods. It looks so much like the woods where we are staying here in western Massachusetts. I bet it's around the same parallel. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Kelly: I'd never seen the Indian Pipe before either. It's so unusual.
Paulita: I wonder if we share the same flowers and trees. Around here, our forests contain lots of Douglas fir. This is prime time for wildflower blooms.

Klara S said...

Beautiful pictures. Indian pipe plant looks unusual.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Klara, I'd never seen an Indian pipe plant before. It seemed delicate and out of place among the towering trees, vines, and sturdy plants along the trail.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - sometimes on walks we can miss out on the small details - too much emphasis on 'getting to the top' or what ever. I often find myself at the back of a group, taking pictures just like these!

The Indian Pipe plant looks remarkable - I wonder if it is a parasite on other plants because its leaves are not green.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Stewart, I was fascinated by the Indian Pipe plant, too -- so different from any plants I've seen on my walks and hikes. Like you, I'm usually tagging along at the end of the group to take pictures, then rushing to catch up.

csuhpat1 said...

So very beautiful. Lovely pics of a lovely hike.

Gattina said...

It's a pleasure to find all these natural treasures in the midst of the woods while walking through !

Sandra Nachlinger said...

csuhpat1: Thank you! I'm delighted that you enjoyed my photos.
Gattina: Just walking through the woods is a pleasure. Flowers, berries, and other plants are added bonuses.

a spirit of simplicity said...

Beautiful!

Tom said...

...I like how you stop to enjoy and photograph these small gifts of nature. It takes me forever to go very far because I need stop and give a look to everything! Thanks for sharing!

betty-NZ said...

That's my kind of 'hike'--stopping a thousand times to take photos!! I enjoyed your flowers, some are new to me.



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Cath said...

Looks like a lovely walk with lots to see and photograph. Those Foxgloves, although lovely, can be a nuisance. They are considered a weed around these parts although they are not yet banned. If I plant them, I make sure I remove the flower stem before it goes to seed or I might be sorry.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Nice walk the trees look imposeing to walk through

Lady Fi said...

Such gorgeous shots!

Life Images by Jill said...

I love slowing down for a walk in the forest looking for flowering wild flowers. Happy trecking and thankyou for stopping by my blog this week.

Cristina - Memories of the Pacific said...

What a wonderful walk! I love the blooms

carol l mckenna said...

Great photos from your trail walk ~ what a large mushroom!

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Lady Fi said...

So lovely!

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Minoru Saito said...

Hi! There are many beautiful flowers in this blog. Indian pipe plants are very common in our country too. Thanks for sharing.

restlessjo said...

Beautiful! Sorry I've just made it here. I've not had Internet and have been busy with family all week. Thanks for linking :) :)

Sharon Wagner said...

Lovely flora and fauna. Especially the foxgloves.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Those foxglove blooms are spectacular!!

Calendula said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful walk! Gorgeous flowers!