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Tall white Bog Orchid - Photo by Lorraine Anderson

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 - Report by

Yesterday, Tuesday was a very special day for L & her friend from Georgia. L has been wishing to see the Tall White Bog-orchid (pictured above), Platanthera dilatata, since 2003. She got the GPS readings from Chel but until Stan Tull & Les Morrison were found as guides the orchid was impossible for us to find. We were able to drive in most of the way in a truck but the next 45 minutes were spent walking through downed trees in a wet area. They were just like giant pick-up sticks. It's a wonder no one sprained an ankle - or worse. Anyway we found the tiny bog and the rather small, beautiful Tall White Bog-orchids (fragrant too). The way back to the truck was almost as bad but on the way we found Dwarf Rattlesnake Plantain and Heart-leafed Twayblade (which may be the first time I had seen that).

Then on Wednesday we searched the shore for Collomia linearis but were too late. That is a very rare small phlox-type plant. But we did see the rare Slaty-backed Gull which probably is a first for Minnesota. Also near the shore by the East Bay were many plants of Hoary Alyssum.

Then we went to a cabin on the Croftville Road to help a lady identify the plants in her yard.

After all that we were hungry and hot so we went on the beach east of town for lunch. It was cool and that felt good. We are not used to this hot weather.

Then it seemed as though our Wednesday started. We drove slowly (in our air-conditioned car) stopping now and then, getting out to help identify different things. Now that all the leaves are out, the most colorful flowers are on the road sides: Fireweed, Canada Thistle, Joe Pye, Daisies, Canada Hawkweed, Tansy and Rabbit's-foot Clover. One white flower that was not in our books but looked like it was a garden escape. And escape it did - all over the place - Achillea The Pearl.

What a good day even though hot.



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