Last Friday, Nov. 8, photographer Nicole Nunley and I made a trek around the Perimeter Trail to see what wildflowers – if any – might be blooming. We have had a couple of freezing nights so far this fall, but we were glad to see that not everything has been nipped.
She captured a woodland aster in Shakerag hosting a pollinator. We saw alumroot blooming beneath cliff overhands at Morgan’s Steep and then were surprised to come upon one gentian at the water’s edge at Lake Audubon. A small goldenrod held out in the middle of the trail near King Farm. Several milkworts were blooming near Armfield Bluff, and frost aster was still in flower at the forestry cabin. Stalked puffballs – okay, they’re fungi — caught her eye just east of KA Point, and leafcup was blooming roadside on Alto Road.