WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY

WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY

Satisfy your senses with an outing to Hidden Valley Preserve.  Short, hoarse phrases give away a singing scarlet tanager atop the talus slope while a Louisiana waterthrush whistles and twitters beside the cascading tributary.  Northerly aspects cast shade over the trail and a breeze funneling through the narrow gully bring goosebumps to exposed skin.  The river rushes by providing a visual, auditory, and olfactory experience of its own.  Sensation abounds to a point where tolerance takes hold and legs power toward the next bend in anticipation of another fix.  Be advised, it is in one’s interest to stop, absorb, and examine the forest’s more minute wonders this place has to offer.

An especially rich and rare community of wildflowers adorn this land, including some northern-affinity species that are uncommon in the state.  Contributing to our growing outreach and programming aspirations, Peary and BK Stafford led a hike focusing on the identification and ecology of these specialized plants pollinated by insects.  If you were unable to attend, make sure to mark your calendar because this event was an absolute treat that we hope will continue for years to come.  Below are photos of wildflowers observed from approximately 1.5 miles of trail.

WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Program leaders Peary and BK Stafford wasted no time, educating on wild ginger (Genus Asarum) at the meeting location
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Round-leaved yellow violet (Viola rotundifolia)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Twisted stalk (Streptopus aplexifolius)     Note: This is one northern-affinity plant occurring in a cold microclimate influenced by aspect, seepage, and shading.
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Corn lily (Clintonia borealis)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Trillium (Trillium erectum)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
Bluet (Genus Houstonia)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Pussy toes (Genus Antennaria)
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)    Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)    Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) near flowering
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Toothwort (Genus Dentaria)     Note: This is a host plant for the West Virginia White with Hidden Valley Preserve being one of only few locales statewide for this butterfly.     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
False hellebore (Veratum viride)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Miterwort (Genus Mitella)
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius)     Photo credit: Peary and BK Stafford
WONDROUS WILDFLOWERS in the HIDDEN VALLEY
Lousewort (Genus Pedicularis)
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