Hiking with Good Friends and Wildflowers

When friends suggested that we met for breakfast at one of their favorite breakfast cafes and then go for a hike in Alum Creek State Park, we jumped at the opportunity. Especially since later this year these same friends will be coconspirators on a hike of the West Highland Way in Scotland.

There’s always a little concern when joining friends for a hike due to a “condition” we’ve developed that causes us to stop and look at almost everything. This “condition” is undoubtedly the result of spending entirely too much time in the woods. The day may prove to be even more of a challenge given the likely presence of spring wildflowers. To make matters worse, we hadn’t considered the mosses and lichen that also turned out to be quite plentiful. Nonetheless, we were all on speaking terms at hikes end and our friends seemed to enjoy the things seen as much as us. Hopefully a reasonable balance between hiking and looking was achieved.


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Below is just a sample of wildflowers seen:


Rue Anemone, the only example seen and it represented itself rather well.


Trout Lillies, named for the leaves that were thought to resemble a Brown trout, may take up to seven years to bloom, fortunately it’s common.


Spring Beauties, the leaf litter often hides the leaves.

Spring Beauties and Cutleaf Toothwort closer 041314 Alum Creek trail cp1

Spring Beauties and Cutleaf Toothwort, (Donna)

Bloodroot family 041314 Alum Creek Mt bike trail cp1

Bloodroot, (Donna)

Coltfoot 041314 Alum Creek trail cp1

Coltfoot, one of the few examples seen, (Donna)

Hepatica duo best 041314 Alum Creek trail cp1

Hepatica, a closer look, (Donna)

Hepatica whole plant 041314 Alum Creek trail cp1

Hepatica with leaves not often seen this well due to leaf litter, (Donna)


 .   .   .   and then there were the mosses and lichen. They’re of particular interest to us because we’ve just starting learning about them having been inspired by the New Hampshire Garden Solutions blog. Our attempt at identification was aided by the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association website.


Pyxie-Cups, Cladonia pyxidata Lichen, an exciting find!


Reindeer lichen, Cladonia rangiferina

Moss and Lichen abstract 041314 Alum Creek trail cp1

Cladonia furcata Lichen with Dicranum moss, (Donna)


Pyxie-Cups, Cladonia pyxidata Lichen



Yew-leaved fork moss, Fissidens taxifolius?

Bob & Donna_sm crop

Using our Canon SX260’s to capture the action!


On a lovely spring day we finished the hike feeling very blessed, thankful for time spent with good friends discovering new things in the woods of Ohio.

Bob the trash man 041314 Alum Creek trail

Picking up trash, my way of giving thanks.

5 Comments on “Hiking with Good Friends and Wildflowers

  1. All lovely images, but that hepatica was truly exceptional! I don’t think we have it out here.

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