Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pine Barrens vacation

Cross-leaved milkwort (Polygala cruciata)
Along the roadside, luckily not mowed

A trip to the Pine Barrens has the feel of a vacation destination - hot, biting insects, fierce sun, lots of driving, a teething baby who hasn't slept well (parents neither), rear driver's side door unopenable, and it's absolutely different than the land around our Sourlands home.

My son deserves a tip of the sun bonnet for being a patient child - unfortunately, the noisy-havin' a good time campers at the White's Bog pond woke him up after too short a nap. Our guide also deserves a bow for showing us so many lovely sites.

Here's some of what I saw (when I wasn't Keeping Baby in the Shade, Nursing, or Tired of Passing Baby Over the Seats and Climbing Over the Seats):


Climbing fern (Lygodium palmatum), infertile and fertile leaves


Some roadside sightings:
Cowwheat (Melapyrum lineare)
I've seen this only once before - at the Tannersville Bog in Pennsylvania

Sparkle (Minuartia caroliniana)
Also called Pine Barren sandwort, which describes it's habitat somewhat redundantly. We'll stick with the local color, and call it Sparkle, which describes its character.

Toothed white-topped aster (Seriocarpus asteriodes)
About those common names...

Ipecac spurge (Euphorbia ipeacuanhae)
Wonder if this one makes you throw up...


Trailing milk-pea (Galactia regularis)

Along cranberry bog banks:
Meadow beauty (Rhexia virginica)

Lanced-leaved centuary (Sabatia difformis)
Adjacent to this plant, our guide pointed out the area crushed down by the previous photographer.

Orange milkwort (Polygala lutea)

St. Andrew's cross (Hypericum hypericoides = Ascyrum hypericoides)
Too tired out by my little teether to sort through the scientific names

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