A Day for Celebration

Buffy and I headed for Jones Lake for our celebration hike. It’s the first hike in a little over 4 months since I was in a wreck. We’ve been on drives and stops at Ingram Hill.

I’d never heard of a bruised bone … until I ended up with a bruised left shin. It still isn’t totally healed. All other injuries were minor in comparison.


Buffy knew something was up when I loaded the truck.


We followed the trail along the lake.


More bloomed than I expected, like this black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and


flowering spurge (Euphorbia commutata).


We passed the air plant dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) twice.


The few self-heal plants (Prunella vulgaris) were past their prime.


This view held my attention quite a while.


Woodland sunflowers (Helianthus divaricatus) were relatively common.


Even found queen Anne’s Lace ( Daucus carota) scattered along the trail.


If I’ve seen this before, it’s been a LONG time. It doesn’t take a name for me to enjoy a find.


Buffy’s 9 1/2 years old now. She acted like a relatively young whipper snapper on our  hike.

It was so wonderful to be back hiking in the woods, beside a lake with her!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Nature is so restorative. Glad to hear you’re better.


  2. Glad you’re able to get back out there. I think I’d go a little stir crazy if I had to be out of the woods for 4 months.
    Your unknown plant looks like a milkwort, possibly purple milkwort (Polygala sanquinea.) It’s also called field milkwort.


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