Foamflower (and snakes)

Charlie and the snakeCharlie never knows what he might find on his conservation easement stewardship visits. The photo to the right was taken on the way back from a stewardship visit, but I think you get the idea.

Charlie was pretty quick on the brakes when he saw this snake. He was out of the car with his camera at the ready before I even had my door open. After the snake’s photo session, Charlie “scooted” it off the road to make sure it was merrily on its way before getting back in the car.

This photo is from the first of five stewardship visits Charlie made this week. He spent time at sites you helped conserve in Union County, Tioga County, and Lycoming County.

Foamflower BHere are a few photos he took (possibly crouched down like with the snake). They are both from foamflower. Usually, the Scott easement stewardship visit takes place when the trilliums are in bloom. But this year Charlie and Brandon (our summer intern) were a week too late for the trilliums. Instead they were treated to the somewhat less spectacular (Charlie’s words) blooms of foamflower. Foamflower grows in moist shady environments, typically in fairly dense woodland. From a distance the white spikes of the flowers easily catch the eye, and a closer look reveals their true beauty.

Foamflower AFor more information on foamflower, or other wildflowers, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center’s website.