October 27, 2011

A Walk in the Woods

 On a beautiful sunny, warm October day, I decided it's
time to take a walk in the woods.  The wildflowers
would be presenting their autumnal beauty bathed in the golden light
of the Sun.  A great opportunity for a photo opp!

 Plains Chinese Lanterns
These are the seed pods of a Plains Chinese Lantern 
or Purple Ground Cherry plant.  The plant gets it's name
because the shape of the seed pod looks like
a Chinese Lantern.  The flower is a blueish/purple bloom and 
the fruit is like a cherry.  Native Americans made
jelly from the berries.

 This is a pretty little yellow bloom called
Wingstem.  It's a wildflower native to Kansas.
 Snow on the Mountain
This native plant is one of my favorites.  I love the 
variegated, soft green leaves.

White Snakeroot
Pretty, but toxic to animals and humans.

Bull Thistle

 There are many different kinds of Goldenrod.  
I'm sorry but I can't figure this one out.
They are very pretty, though,  and really light up the prairie. 

My plan is to post again next week with more images
from Chaplin Nature Center.




Julie G. said...

Fantastic images! Thank you for taking us along on your beautiful walk. So many beautiful sights! The Plains Chinese Lanterns are my favorite. Lovely post!

YsMum said...

Looks like a lovely spot!

Alan said...

Hi Cindy,

Great series of photos. I really enjoy the wildflowers this time of year as well. But as you mentioned, they can be tough to identify!

Have a great weekend!

Rick said...

What a great walk in the woods - and it yielded many splendid shots ! Looks like you're about a month behind us !

Look forward to your next series, Cindy !

Elena said...

Amazing photos!

Scott said...

The Plains Chinese Lanterns look a lot like tomatillas (or vice versa). Looks like a great place to go walking.

Marvin said...

Goldenrod is one of those plants that can drive you crazy if you try to determine the species. At least, that's been my experience.

Beautiful photos. Thanks for taking us along on your walk.