Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mendon Ponds Park • September 23

Devil's Bathtub. My hike with my niece began with a check on the colors in Devil's Bathtub. Just the merest hints of color were evident.

There were a number of beautiful landscapes along the ponds in the park this day!

Closed Gentian. This was the most interesting find of the day: Closed Gentians blooming along the banks of Deep Pond. These are a protected species in New York State. Believe it or not, these flowers are in full bloom: they never open! Bees are strong enough to muscle open the petals to get inside and back out again. No other insect is as capable in this regard.

Close Gentian. There were only half a dozen plants in the gentian colony. We never found any others outside of this one group.