Juvenile bald eagles
a group of mergansers, swimming and sun bathing
Formerly Eriocaulon septangulare. Formerly known to me as that-annoying-weed-that-always-gets-caught-in-my-lure.
My second vervain of the year. The first one was growing on the side of the road on top of Mt. Hamilton, north of San Jose, CA. This one was growing out of a beaver lodge in Moultonborough, NH. Couldn't get more different.
Utricularia cornuta. Unlike most bladderworts, this one is terrestrial, living along the banks of ponds or ditches. Its bug-devouring bladders are underground.
I'm fairly sure this is a Polygonum in the group known as "smartweeds," but I'm not finding anything that matches it in Audubon or Peterson. Full aquatic, small flowers growing out of the water along shores.
I think it's a scroph, but not in any of our field guides. Need to do some internet searching...
Lobelia dortmanna. Another lobelia! If I find some cardinalflower this trip will officially be Campanulicious.
Cephalanthus occidentalis. Very common along the shores of Garland Pond.
Rubus odoratus. This is basically the East Coast equivalent of thimbleberry.
Apocynum androsaemifolium. This grows on the East Coast too, apparently.
Pontederia cordata. Another ubiquitous wetland plant around here, though I doubt most people take the time to check it out up close (I paddled through it most summers during my childhood and never did).