Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rocky River Reservation (5/7/2017)

Sunday, May 7, 2017
After a week or so of rain, we were happy to see blue skies. Even with temperatures in the 40s, we went to Rocky River Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks, to see spring wildflowers.
Hydrophyllum appendiculatum/Appendaged Waterleaf
seems to pop up after long periods of rain
Camassia scilloides/Wild Hyacinth
There were several very large plots of the wild hyacinth
The rain-swollen Rocky River was running fast,
with Brynne, Gus, and Kent
Mertensia virginica/Virginia Bluebells; the
Rocky River Reservation is known for its bluebells
Misplaced bracket fungi?
Walls in the woods
Cornus florida/Flowering Dogwood
Hydrangea macrophylla sp/Lacecap Hydrangea
When we were in Z├╝rich, we missed hiking the Planet Trail from Uetliberg. Instead, we did the Solar System Walk in the Rocky River Reservation, where the sun and planets were spaced along the path in proportion to actual distances; one foot equals a million miles!
Starting at the sun, the first few planets were rather close together
Of course, there was the Earth
The farther planets were spaced out over longer distances
Everything is turning green!

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