My husband, John, and I met my brother Doug at the hunting property this fall. This was the first time that I had been out there since my stroke.
Last year, I spent a pleasant two days there after the first weekend of deer season (November 22-26, 2019). I finished the outline for my memoir book, and on Tuesday I went home. Then…Wednesday night, at 11:44 p.m., I had a stroke.
Our hunting property is rocky, sand, gravely with loam and peat. It is hardwoods, cedar swamp, and shrub wetland (shrub-carr). That day I walked the lane out to Doug’s stand and passed the wonderful flowers, trees, and the sedges. I had a delightful time.
So many flowers to see. Here are some of them. (Click a single photo – then click the photo again for a larger view.)
*”Pink Ladyslippers also require bees for pollination. Bees are lured into the flower pouch through the front slit, attracted by the flower’s bright color and sweet scent. Once inside, the bees find no reward, and discover that they are trapped, with only one point of escape. Inside the pouch, there are hairs that lead to a pair of exit openings, one beneath each pollen mass. The bee must pass under the stigma, so if it bears any pollen from a visit to another flower, it will be deposited before picking up a fresh load on the way out.” (USDA US Forest Service)