He's back at it!

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. My next goal is to be the first person ever to hike the Baja Divide Trail.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in this endeavor.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Just Plants

I'm not a botanist. I don't know much about plants. Still, I see a stunning variety of them out here and I think they're beautiful. 

These were in front a house in Yarmouth, ME. Azaleas, right?

No idea what these are. 

Some kind of mushroom. 

Also a mushroom. Looks like a flower buy it's not. I think. 

Mushroom as big as my hand on the side of a tree. 

No idea. 

Still no idea. 

Lots of these. 

This isn't a plant. It's a slug. 

Pitcher Plant? I think? Found them in a swamp. 

Same thing. Pitcher Plant?

I'm sure that was boring. 

If you leave a comment, you're a total nerd. 


Anonymous said...


Christopher Hillier said...

Peru? Is that you?

Martha said...

You know that little square thing you carry to post on fb and blog? You can also use it to look up things...like flora and fauna.
They are beautiful images and I'm glad you took the time to stop and smell..er...take pics of them!

Cate said...

The fourth plant down is Indian Pipe - http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/mycotrophic/monotropa_uniflora.shtml


-arm chair plant nerd (only because I was raised by the Empress of Flora).

Christopher Hillier said...

Aha! Thank you for the info.

trish d said...

6 and 7 look like wild roses.

Schrody said...

1) Rhododendron, probably not a species or native. Azaleas are a type of rhododendron. Best guess, a hybrid or non-native species available for landscaping.

2) The flowers belong to sheep laurel, Kalmia angustifolia. The entire plant is toxic owing to andromedotoxins; it is so poisonous that even honey produced from Kalmia flowers will kill you. Yay botany! The conifer-looking leaves probably belong to a species of yew.

3) Coral fungus, Artomyces pyxidatus.

4) It is indeed an indian pipe. While Monotropa species are plants, they do not produce chlorophyll and instead rely on symbiotic fungi to take nutrients from other plants ("myco-heterotrophy").

5) Polyphore mushroom, most likely Ganoderma applanatum.

6,7) Purple flowered raspberry, Rubus odoratus. It is in the same family as roses, Rosaceae, hence the strong resemblance to wild roses.

8) Some damn aster.

9) Are you sure?

10) North American pitcher plants, probably Sarracenia purpurea. In the same bog it is likely you can find bladderworts, butterworts, and sundews- all native carnivorous plants.

Christopher Hillier said...

Always the scientist. Thank you, Schrody.