I will put on sunscreen and my Indiana Jones hat and carry water if I must, but I’d rather not be hot, thank you. So I loaded the boats onto the car the night before, and my son and I made a leisurely departure for “Lake” Nippenicket just after 8am. I had no particular goal except to see what nature was up to, so we didn’t go far. I spent more time drifting, looking, picture-taking, than paddling. And that was good.
The vaguely willow-like plant growing in thickets near shore
is water "willow" (Decodon verticillatus)
Here is water willow in flower.
The prettiest and sweetest-smelling of the two water lilies common around here
is the white one, Nymphea odorata. The tiny midge-like insects are so small
I doubt they are pollinators.
This delicately beautiful flower is a kind of fringed loosestrife, Lysimachia hybrida.
Notice the fringes on the edge of the petals, the central one longest.
I'm not sure of this fern. It has a leaf a lot like cinnamon fern but smaller and softer.
The purple loosestrife is pollinated
by both bumblebees and honeybees.
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is a graceful plant
that cannot easily be mistaken for anything else.
Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis.
Climbing over the tops of the buttonbush is a vine that turns out to belong the the aster family: climbing hempweed (Mikania scandens)--no relation to hemp/cannabis.
After an hour or so it was time to head back to the ramp: I had projects to do. We made a race of it, and of course the Old Man won. (I had something to prove, you see.)