Indian Pipe is blooming

Indian-pipe

Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora

Monotropa uniflora

The Indian Pipe is blooming over at the Gorge Hiking Trail.

This delicate flower looks like it should be a mushroom or a fungus of some sort. It’s white because it has no chlorophyll which has inspired some of the other names for this plant: Ghost Flower, Corpse Plant.

 

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Wintergreen

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Wintergreen Flower

The Wintergreen is starting to flower.

Wintergreen or Checkerberry, is a low growing evergreen plant (Gaultheria procumbens) of the family Ericaceae (heath family), native to sandy and acid woods (usually of evergreens) of E North America.

This little plant gets pretty red berries that hang on the plant through the winter and will still be attached to the plant the following spring. That is, if it doesn’t get eaten first. Birds will eat the berries and other critters probably do too. The plant remains green under the snow.

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Pipsissewa

pipsisewa

Pipsissewa

A wildflower that blooms a little later is the Pipsissewa.

pipssewa

pips in hand

Their beautiful little flowers hang upside down and you must get down low to see their beauty.

pipsissewa

Pipsissewa

They’re low growing and are often hidden among other vegetation. This unusual little plant is evergreen – the leaves will still be green under the snow this winter.

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Strawberries

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

The Wild Strawberries are prolific this year!

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Wild Strawberries

And they’re nice and big!

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

And so Sweet!

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

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Mushrooms

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Chanterelle

is this a Chanterelle mushroom?

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Mushroom

Looks like it will be a good year for mushrooms. All the rain that we have received will be good for the mushrooms.

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more chicks

juvenile sparrow, white-throated

juvenile White-throated Sparrow

Loon & chick

Common Loon with chick

loon feeding chick

Common Loon feeding chick

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chicks

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Ruffed Grouse chick

I have seen a lot of baby Ruffed Grouse this year. Looks like it will be a really good year for the Ruffed Grouse.

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Black-backed Woodpecker chick practicing his rattle call

 

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A later arrival

warbler, mourning

Mourning Warbler

 

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Black-backed Woodpecker

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