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.