Nature Walk: Late July at Eagle Creek

I made it out to Eagle Creek for a nature walk on Saturday. The weather was gorgeous, if just a little on the hot side. But just look at those clouds! My favorite discovery of the day were the bushes of Swamp Rose Mallow in bloom by the reservoir — their pink color went so beautifully with the blue of the sky and water.

I caught the first of the purple Ironweed. I love that this plant often blooms near yellow flowers — the purple and yellow combo is a favorite and is an early sign of fall to me.

I have struggled to see many monarch butterflies this year and I don’t know why. I was very happy to find one flitting about on the swamp milkweed.

I came across these beautiful salmon-colored mushrooms but don’t know what they are! I’ll have to look into them.

I saw several of these round red spotted apparent seed pods on my walk. I could not find where they were falling from and must do research on these as well.

The Queen Anne’s Lace is in its glory and I found this spot with a bit of shade to record the scene in my nature journal.

I heard several catbirds as I walked along and glimpsed goldfinches flying on the edges of the trail. I’m looking forward to heading back again very soon!

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