Yesterday we managed to get out and about for awhile in the afternoon. We headed for the big hill country. Far Guy and his Dad used to hunt deer in that area. In retrospect Far Guy says he wonders why in the world his Dad liked to hunt up one hill and down the other..I said "Perhaps he wished he was hunting in Montana."
It is beautiful back in those woods, they seem so different from our area that has so much brush.
The Columbine or Aquilegia canadensis is blooming all over, we saw one area just covered in blooms.
The Wild Phlox or Phlox divaricata has popped out of it's hiding places. It is a native plant. What a cheerful little bloom! It accompanies the bright orange of the Hoary Puccoon in the local ditches. Mother Nature has it's own color scheme.
Dame's Rocket or Hesperis matronalis is blooming too. This plant is almost the same color as Wild Phlox, but it is much taller. It is often found in old farmsteads, this one was at the neighbors. It is a non-native plant that escaped from early settlers gardens. Dame's Rocket has four petals..where Wild Phlox has five.
The Purple Vetch or Vicia americana is a native plant that has some beautiful little blooms.
We saw lots of areas in the wetlands where the beavers had tried to clog up culverts, the mosquitoes are out in droves in the deep forest, but the Dragonfly's have hatched, and the ferns are almost completely unfurled. We met no other vehicles on our adventure..the whole drive takes about two hours and is about six miles long. Some gals like to go to the malls to shop..I am very happy with a relaxing ride into the woods:)