|Puttyroot Orchid, Aplectrum hyemale
|The Stoller Rd. Trail on the North East side of Clearfork Reservoir.
|Huge micro-burst blow down impacts the woods.
At first one feels a loss- all that devastation! Huge trees knocked down in their prime, somehow seems tragic. Eventually the shock wears off and a sense of nature comes back into focus. This is forest ecology. The woods are constantly changing; blow downs create new pockets of light- and life.
|Gray tree frog hides in plain sight.
|Orchids are masters of disguises, too.
|Delicate petals enlarged for my poor eyes.
|Unusual yellow form of the Puttyroot Orchid, Aplectrum hyemale.
Without the foliage to lead us to a correct identification, the yellow flowers of this unusual puttyroot orchid was an exciting find! I thought it might be a real rarity, but calmer heads prevailed. Any day one finds a native orchid in Ohio woodlands is a good day. Finding this yellow form of the puttyroot, which I had never seen before, really got this ol' Weedpicker's heart pumping!
Take a hike- nature is full of excitements just waiting to be found!