It is our tenth anniversary of visiting Susquehanna State park near Havre de Grace Maryland in September. We walk the trails along the River and enjoy the goldenrod, the Lobelia and the Helianthus. We lunch on Paw Paw if ripe enough. On September 2nd we enjoyed the ‘false fall’ and lapped it up!! We discussed the late summer Melancholy and are thinking about going to a different Maryland/Chesapeake bay location next year to keep things fresh and vibrant.
This is a great time of year to visit places where the Swamp Mallow is blooming. It is a monumental plant with huge flowers that can open up to approximately 6-8 inches in diameter. The pink ones are our favorite! They love to be in wet locations. I love seeing them in ditches along I -95 in the Carolinas, Virginia and in swampy areas in the New Jersey Meadowlands, just for starters. You have to keep your eye out for them, and once You tune into them and train your eyes, you will see them in many places, always brightening up your day!
Last Tuesday, August 1, 2023 Isabelle and I went on a field trip to Cape May, New Jersey and visited the Nature Conservancy property adjacent to Cape May Point State Park. There were so many Swamp Mallow plants blooming that we decided to call this place the Hibiscus moscheutos place. We also saw a rabbit, and many birds, including the Great Blue Heron.
A stunning abundance of the wide and magnificent pink Hibiscus moscheutos!
This place felt like a time capsule of what the Jersey shore must have been like before it was taken over and developed. The Nature Conservancy is making a very serious effort to preserve and restore the former glory of the property. Most impressive was the beach conservation effort being made. Dune restoration and an emphasis on preserving ground-nesting birds.
Parking was easy and accessible and there was even a phone charging station and accommodations for bicyclists.
Campsis radicans waiting for a hummingbird.
The trails took us to the Atlantic Ocean!
Please comment if you have a favorite summertime place that celebrates conservation and restoration of a natural area!
Isabelle and I did a twenty mile bike ride and hike to the Wissahickon today in honor of her brothers sudden passing during a run in the Pyrenees this day two years ago. We saw blooming asters, surely a preview of fall!
Also Bloodroot with an illuminated fallen leaf, portending the fall while still keeping the flame of Spring alive! It’s that time of year! Yes indeed the first hints of fall are here, even in this years most crazed and disturbing turbulence of summer.