This is the second of two parts about whole fields, hillsides, swamps, and
woods full of wildflowers that I observed and photographed last summer along the
I've included the approximate dates when I found these floral displays (see
the daily journal links for the specific dates).
Keep in mind that the weather
plays a huge part in the timing of blooms. Check a local source regarding bloom
times before heading any great distance to see a particular flower or flowering
shrub or tree at its peak. For example, many flowers in the Roanoke, Virginia
area (where I live) are
blooming about two weeks early this spring because of an unseasonably warm
winter. Next year they might be two weeks later than normal. That's a
WILDFLOWERS IN PENNSYLVANIA - JULY, 2005
I found some of the prettiest flowers along the whole AT on a
tiny strip of land north of Pine Grove Furnace between the Gettysburg Railroad
tracks and Hwy. 34 on
Day 64. A close-up shows the flowers' details.
I believe they are crown vetch.
I saw large clusters of orange tiger lilies several
places along the Trail north and south of Boiling Springs on
I enjoyed running this nice, smooth path through a field of
purple flowers on
Day 72 near PA 443.
identified them as clover in another photo that day, I think they are possibly
either spotted knapweed or wild bergamont AKA purple bee balm. I can't
magnify even the large original photo large enough to see
they are, and this picture is much smaller. (That's Blue Mountain on the
horizon in the photo below.)
WILDFLOWERS IN NEW JERSEY, LATE JULY, AND IN
NEW YORK, EARLY AUGUST, 2005
I saw more of the same purple flowers as above in New Jersey on
The same day I saw
tons of another kind of purple flower, much taller than the ones above, through
the Vernie Swamp area (I even saw lots of them along the freeway at
Delaware Water Gap on my first day in New Jersey). I think they may be blue
vervain, part of the verbena family.
These beautiful flowers were over my head. There is a photo of
them at the top of this page and an enlarged detail in the second picture below
from Vernie Swamp.
They're prolific in the "drowned lands"
of New Jersey. My best guess is that they are purple loosestrife, a
beautiful but harmfully invasive plant in the wetlands of eastern USA.
I saw a different kind of pinkish-purple flower and many more
of the tall purple ones the
day in the beautiful Pochuck Swamp area:
These flowers also covered the Great Swamp near Hwy. 22
in New York on
WILDFLOWERS IN MASSACHUSETTS - EARLY AUGUST,
I reveled in all the beautiful flowers I saw on
102 (August 9, 2005) between Jug End and Tyringham Main Road -
those twenty-five miles were very scenic and runnable, too! Doesn't get much
better than that.
Just north of the Shay's Rebellion monument I started running
into my favorite tall purple flowers again (loosestrife, I think), shown in the background of the next
photo, along with another kind of purplish-pink flower in the foreground.
This is an enlargement of the flowers in the foreground. Some
are lighter than others. Identity?? They were about four feet tall and very
Loosestrife were also in abundance along the
placid Housatonic River:
White and yellow flowers abound in the foreground, below, while
orange ones carpet the field on the other side of the Housatonic
I loved the wide color range of flowers in the field below,
located near the end of the run that
WILDFLOWERS IN VERMONT - MID-AUGUST, '05
The only two days in Vermont that I saw large expanses of
Days 112 and
north and east of the Woodstock area.
The first photo shows a hillside
near VT 12 that was covered in goldenrod and several
varieties of red, pink, and purple flowers on August 19:
next morning I crossed two foggy hillsides full
of pretty purple heather (I think) . . .
. . . and ran through a field of tall, wet goldenrods
that almost hid the Trail:
I remember one more field full of goldenrods and some type of
white flower just over the New Hampshire line on Day 114, but don't have a good
photo of it.
There were some individual flowers and smaller clumps the rest of
the way to Mt. Katahdin during the end of August and early September, but no
more large floral displays like the ones above.
Next on my agenda are swamps, then jungle-like areas.