We can access this meadow with a short hike on a path that starts at Station Road in Amherst and forks in some pines. One direction goes more easterly and joins the Jan Dizard Trail and eventually the Robert Frost Trail through Lawrence Swamp and beyond. To the more westerly the trail ends at a large meadow, usually quite wet with standing water, that is periodically brush hogged by the town to keep it from becoming wooded as well. I often see white-tail deer across in a mist during early morning. But lately we’ve not had much rain and the meadow is fairly dry…I could kneel without getting wet.
I hadn’t been able to do my annual visit to the meadow as the town has been replacing an old bridge deemed unsafe and the road was closed for quite a while. Recently, a temporary bridge was installed and that opened this past week. I managed to get there just in time for what appeared to be the last blooming Tuberous Grass Pink-Calopogon tuberosus orchid of the summer in the meadow.
I’ve posted several of these over the years but almost missed this year entirely. I added a subtle white vignette and then added another soft black vignette that allows the bloom to project a bit.
What is at its peak right now is the Virginia Meadow Beauty-Rhexia virginica. There were at least dozens if not numbers in the hundreds…I did not survey the entire acreage.
The usual paths through the meadow have not been trod because of the difficulty accessing the swamp in this location so for the time being bushwhacking is the order of the day.
No yard work today. It’s closing in on 100° and the humidity is building. Thank you Willis Carrier for your gift of air conditioning. ❤