With apologies to Joni (who wrote the song) and Andrew ( whom, if memory serves correctly, had his own post riffing on the title), here we are approaching a flower, although not as colorful as I led you to believe yesterday. That’s in the works.
On Sunday, besides visiting Owens Pond, I walked the trail at the new Fort River division of the Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley, MA. I posted a sunrise shot from there on July 12th. At just a little over 2 miles from my house, it may become a new favorite place, but more for bugs and flowers than landscapes. The Conte Refuge, if you didn’t follow the link, is a fairly huge collection of land within the 7+ million acre Connecticut River watershed and is itself comprised of 36,000 acres in the four boundary states (VT, NH, MA and CT) along the river’s course. The Fort River division is growing as the federal government continues to buy land when it becomes available from the local farmers while still allowing them to work the land. I have met with one who is very happy with the agreement…it has changed little in his use of the land, which is now protected from development.
I guess it’s about time to share the pictures. As I walked the trail I noticed a large mullein rosette. Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a biennial non-native plant which forms a low rosette in its first year and a tall flower spike in the second. The leaves are covered with fine hairs and yesterday those hairs held a bit of dew.
I noticed that one of the leaves had turned its underside upward and found the vein pattern even more striking.
If you are disappointed with just the leaves, here is a link to my post from March of a mullein flower head from a previous year.
I just reread that linked post and realized that I neglected to shoot the entire rosette as requested by Lottie. I will make amends. 🙂