Category Archives: Cape Cod Trails

Indian Pipe Wildflowers Are Blooming In Provincetown.

The unique Indian Pipe wildflowers are blooming all along the Beech Forest Trail in Provincetown. They are such an interesting wildflower. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

Indian Pipe, a whitish, waxy, scaly wildflower with nodding bell-shaped flowers, is a plant with no chlorophyll which is why it is not green. It gets its nutrients from decaying matter. The flowers are about 1″ while the plant grows from 4-10 inches in the rich woods.

Have you ever seen an Indian Pipe wildflower? Such an interesting wildflower…

Pretty Yellow Celandine Wildflowers Are Blooming On Cape Cod.

The bright yellow Celandine wildflowers are blooming all along the trails on Cape Cod. These are a small, 4-petal flower with very prominent pistil and stamens.

Pretty wildflower, don’t you think? Celandine blooms from May to July, so you still have time to see them! I saw these along the trails at Fort Hill.

Pretty Deptford Pink Wildflowers Blooming At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

The tiny, hot pink Deptford Pink wildflowers are blooming all along the trails at Fort Hill. I’ve never seen so many!

One interesting fact that I learned while doing a bit of research: The name ‘Deptford Pink’ refers to the town of Deptford, England where the plant once grew in abundance.

Such a pretty, delicate wildflower… have you seen any yet this year?

Stunning Scarlet Pimpernel Wildflowers At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

The Scarlet Pimpernel growing on the sides of the trail at Fort Hill are absolutely stunning this year! (Click on blog link for other photo.)

I have seen a few of them over the years at Fort Hill, but only small, little clumps of them with 2-3 flowers. As you can see in the 2nd photograph, this was a pretty big bush of them.

Two interesting facts that I Iearned:  1. “The Scarlet Pimpernel flowers open only when the sun shines, and even close in overcast conditions.” 2. “If consumed, it can be toxic to livestock and humans. Toxicity level ranges from virtually nontoxic to fatally toxic and appears to correlate with summer rainfall levels.”

Have you seen the Scarlet Pimpernel at Fort Hill?

 

 

 

Love This Bridge Over The Salt Marsh On Cape Cod.

One of our favorite hikes is the Nauset Marsh Trail by the Visitor’s Center in Eastham. It has so much diversity that there is always something new to see… like the kayaker out in the river!

I love this bridge over the salt marsh. It is such a beautiful view. Have you ever hiked the Nauset Marsh Trail? Does this bridge look familiar?

The Lady Slippers Are Blooming On Cape Cod And Gorgeous!

There were so many pink Lady Slippers blooming along the Beech Forest Trail in Provincetown, I couldn’t decide which photograph  I liked best. How often do you get to see 4 of these beauties next to each other in a row? What a treat!

Have you seen any Lady Slippers this summer?