Summer weather too soon. Thunderstorms or rain predicted for the week and we chanced today’s opportunity to paddle Womack Creek.
Our last visit was 16 days ago and so much has happened on that creek: the American wisteria, a thickly clustered and fragrant native species, bloomed in the interval and deprived us this year of their blooms and their scent. All but the last few pinxter azaleas have bloomed, but the stalwarts in the shade still can outshine the swamp dogwoods which peached their peak in the interval.
Spring memories can easily fade when these flowers are stepping into the spot light.
Blue flag iris in a short branch of the creek.
When the patch is all in bloom the cow creek spider lily resembles a merry troupe of dancers.
Swamp dogwood, a few stands still blooming, but most are going to seed.
False indigo, a favorite of insects.
Clematis crispa, you’ll have to look to find them — this year they are less clustered along the vines.
A few Virginia sweetspire still blooming.
and…highbush blueberries! Each bush differs in taste, some tart, some sweet, some tart-sweet. This calls for sampling. This year the bushes are loaded, so sample some, there’ll be enough for the birds.
A colony of busy wasps.
Not many birds today, but…
There are more blooming plants and trees on this 3.75 mile of Womack Creek than almost any other creek in the Panhandle.
The last trip we destroyed what we hoped is the last of the invasive Japanese climbing ferns (3 locations). Today we dug up the first of the invasive taro plants, off the shoreline requiring some slogging to get to it. To our knowledge Womack Creek has no exotics, only native plants and trees.