My favorite time to take a hike at Fort Hill is early in the morning before anyone else gets there. This morning was just beautiful on the trail. Look at those clouds…
The Climbing Nightshade wildflowers are blooming all along the trails on Cape Cod. I saw these at Fort Hill, along many of the trails.
Climbing Nightshade wildflowers are a climbing vine with 1/2″ violet flowers swept back from a yellow central “beak” in loose clusters. It forms egg-shaped shiny green berries which turn to bright red in late summer.
Such a pretty little wildflower but beware: The berries are poisonous!
If you’re not looking at the ground while you walk by these little beauties on the side of the road, you will probably miss them as they are only about 10-12mm across. I saw them a couple of years ago in the same place, but missed them last year.
So, it was a big treat to see them again. They are just stunning with their bright orange petals and purple center and bright yellow anthers. Have you ever seen a Scarlet Pimpernel wildflower?
The colorful, black and orange Monarch butterflies are back on Cape Cod. We’ve seen quite a few of them at Fort Hill feeding on the Milkweed.
Gorgeous butterfly, don’t you think? Have you seen a Monarch butterfly this summer?