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This is the beginning of our 24th year of looking at wildflowers in Cook County, MN. We are three senior women who just love to get out and explore and learn new things. We are even getting together all winter but don't find too many flowers at that time, but no matter.

Joe Pye Weed - Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson


August 10th, 2005 - Report by

Our first quest was to see exactly where the Pipsissewa was. We didn't remember exactly the same. Well it's 4.8 on the Bally Creek Road after leaving County road #48 - then 5.1 is where there is a large batch of Linnea. Neither of these were in bloom. Years back there didn't seem to be as much Pipsissewa as now. The only place we knew of was way in the woods. Now you can see as much as you want right from the road. We did go back on a trail to see the Rattlesnake Plantain and were unsuccessful. We then went slowly along the Bally Creek Road #158 sometimes driving sometimes walking. We also walked down some of the old forest roads. One of the Forest roads was 158A off to the left. We first walked the road to the Cascade River. It was a Joe Pye Weed, Photo by Jean Husby good road so I went back and got the car while B looked around finding Berries on the Highbush Cranberry bush (they weren't ripe yet) and Virgin's Bower down on the river bank.
We were getting hungry for lunch Meadowsweet, Photo by Jean Husby so we went to one of our favorite spots - the F.S. Cascade River Campground at the intersection of Bally Creek and Devil Track Road. We ate lunch on the banks of the Cascade River, enjoying watching the fish jump. The flowers we could see: There were hummocks of Joe Pye, White Dead Nettle, Meadowsweet, Arrowhead and Water Parsnip.
The Dandelion type seedpods that I have seen more of this year than previous years is Goatsbeard. Mary would use hair spray on them and then they make beautiful dry arrangements.
The additional flowers we saw today were: Asters, Goldenrod, Yarrow, Pearly Everlasting, Eyebrite, Cow Wheat, Canada Hawkweed, Red berries on Bearberry, Fireweed, Evening Primrose, Tansy and Rabbit's-foot Clover.
It has been so dry here, Forest fire on Alpine Lake and many of the plants and trees are turning yellow because of the stress.
We still had a Wonderful Day !


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