Sunday, January 4, 2015

On the Trail 2015

This week the star of the trail is 'Innocence', Houstonia procumbens .

Every winter Innocence appears on the trails. It likes the lack of competition, for light as well as space. The microhabitat provides just enough moisture and plenty of sun but not too much heat. The four-petaled flowers usually dot the trail here and there and it has always been a surprise, almost a reward, to spot a clump.

This year they are almost everywhere you look! Along the Tortoise Trail in the uplands as well as the Wetland Walk. I felt like I was playing hopscotch while trying to avoid stepping on them. Walking the trails makes me feel rejuvenated, bringing out the child in me (although admittedly, that isn't hard to do :o)

A short video shows how far it has spread: 

Nature Notes Note: 
This blog has been sadly neglected for some time now. Every January, I make a resolution to make a post, at least weekly, and at some point it gets lost during the year. At the risk of being labeled insane (doing the same thing but expecting a different result), I will try once again to at least post a picture each week.

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