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August 4th, 2004 - Report by

It was just the two of us after coffee time and we decided to go out to Artist Point to see Brook Lobelia. We first went towards the lighthouse and found several areas with them. We crouched down or layed on our stomachs to take pictures. There is a small white aster out there with a yellow center and we can't find it in our books. The name Hudsonian Aster comes to mind but that's all. We also saw a small Goldenrod that looked to us like Grey Goldenrod Solidago nemoralis but there are so many Goldenrods that we are not sure. Potentilla fruiticosa - Shrubby Cinquefoil were small but still had its bright yellow flowers.
We then went over to the "artist" side. It's amazing with all the traffic that there is still a nice variety of vegetation. The two things that were outstanding to us were a Bearberry plant with both flowers and berries at the same time and we saw several patches of Sundew. The only place we have seen Sundew is in the bog and Artist Point seems to me a far cry from a bog.
The day was perfect. We had lunch at a picnic table in Boulder Park on the shore of Lake Superior.

Thursday August 5, 2004

We went to the Little John parking lot at the (almost) end of the Arrowhead Trail. We parked the car and gathered our walking sticks, water, flower books and camera's. We walked a block or two continuing along the Arrowhead Trail turning right at the Border Route Trail. I had seen interesting foilage there last fall of Naked Miterwort, Goldthread, Pipsissewa, Hepatica and Large Round-leaved orchid Platanthera orbiculataa. The first part of the walk was a bit challenging but after about a quarter of a mile we were in an area of mostly very large Cedar and very large Aspen which made a rather clear understory. We did see the foilage of them and also blooming Pipsissewa and probably a dozen Large-Round-leaved orchids. Never before had we seen so many. Then, new to me were about six Rattlesnake plantain Tesselated - Goodyera tesselata and one Small Northern bog-orchid (or Onee-leaf Rein-orchis) Platanthera obtusa (or Habenaria obtusa) depending which book you look at.
We had lunch at the Picnic Grounds overlooking McFarland Lake. What a wonderful day, the weather couldn't be better, two new Orchids to add to my life list, and good company to explore with.

See what we found last year at this time of year!

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Past Reports

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2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

August 18th, 2004

August 4th, 2004

July 28th, 2004

July 21st, 2004

July 14th, 2004

July 8th - 11th, 2004

July 7th 2004

June 30th, 2004

June 29th, 2004

June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

Memorial Weekend

May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

August 9th, 2006

August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

June 14th, 2006

June 7th, 2006

May 31st, 2006

May 24th, 2006

May 17th, 2006

May 10th, 2006

May 3rd, 2006

April 26th, 2006


2005 Wildflower Reports:

August 10th, 2005

August 3rd, 2005

July 27th, 2005

July 20th, 2005

July 13th, 2005

July 6th, 2005

June 29th, 2005

June 22nd 2005

June 15th 2005

June 12th, 2005

June 10th, 2005

June 8th, 2005

June 1, 2005

May 25th, 2005

May 18th, 2005

May 11th, 2005

May 4th, 2005

April 20th, 2005

April 13th, 2005


2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003

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