Summer Day Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve

With a lull in the hot weather, we took a day hike today out at Shaw Nature Reserve.  Things looked crispy and dried up.  But, all things considered, the natives seem to be surviving.  Anywho, here are a few photos of our outing.

Baptisia australis

Beautiful seed pods.  This is Baptisia, though the exact species may be False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) or perhaps white False Indigo (Baptisia alba).  They are doing very well this year, considering the drought.

Silphium laciniatum

A towering Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) nodded as we passed by.

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) brings vibrant color to the drought-stricken landscape.  Saw several of these plants in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden within the reserve.

Native Green Roof at Shaw Nature Reserve

Finally, a native green roof atop a new restroom facility near the Bascom House.

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