Sunday, August 14, 2016

The St. Regis River Access Trail - Part 2

The dogs were keeping me company as we hiked along the St. Regis River in Santa Clara, New York:

All along the river's edges, Bullhead-Lilies grew and bloomed:

And Cardinal Flowers, our wild Lobelia, blossomed in profusion:

Daphne decided that she was a water dog and waded right into the water - repeatedly:

A close-up of Cardinal Flowers:

And Steeplebush:

We found a trail along the edge of the river and walked back almost all the way to the docks and parking area, the place where we'd begun:

But then we turned back up the riverside trail and continued on our way, enjoying the grand beauty of it all as we went:

Leaving the riverbank for the main trail, we climbed up a slope and back into the trees:

Spotted Knapweed was common along the trail where it was sunny:

And of course Queen Anne's Lace:

Most of the blackberries were not ripe, but I ate those which were:

We came to a trail junction and I opted to take the easy way back. After all, we'd missed most of it coming the other way because we'd stayed so close to the river:

Dad, are you sure you know where you are going?

Lots of Common Milkweed perfumed the air as we began making our way back to the car. I'll post Part 3 tomorrow:

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