Wrapping Up

It had been awhile since I had been in the ravine. I hoped that the path I normally took was not completely overgrown. The Rough-leaf Dogwood was fairly thick along the edge.

The path was open to the bottom. Yeah! However at the bottom several large trees and the poison ivy were very thick down to our left. So we headed to the open area to the right.

Open and a bit mushy down in the ravine.

The Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) has never looked better!
The black stems of the Maidenhair Fern!

Multiple places had active seeps running. The ripples in the sandstone were just beautiful!

A Lazy Daisy (Aphanostephus skirrhobasis) still hadn’t quite stretched its petals open for the day. They require sunshine to fully open. Remember it was cloudy that Tuesday.
A Giant Swallowtail stopped at an American Basket-flower (Plectocephalus americanus)!
The Spreading Sida (Sida abutifolia) is another plant that waits for late morning to open. The one on the right was getting a late start. 😉
Sleepy Daisies (Xanthisma texanum) had wiped the sleep from their eyes and were open for business!

And the clouds were certainly more ominous as we heard the rumbles getting closer. Time to go back on top with the Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)!

Looking back as we got closer to the car this awesome hole in the clouds lasted a mere thirty seconds!

So these clouds wrapped up our day. And actually we never really got more than a couple of sprinkles on the way home.

Indeed we were both glad we took a chance on the weather. Furthermore it may be awhile before we get that cool temps again. 🙂

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  1. Those were definitely wonderful clouds – you looked up at just the right moment – a few seconds later and we would have missed the effect. Of course the ferns were pretty doggone spectacular too!

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