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The Many Salt Marsh Plants On Cape Cod.

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We were taking a hike at Fort Hill last fall when we passed a group of middle school student on a field trip. Their guide was telling them about the salt marsh and that there are 3 plants that make up a salt marsh.

I thought to myself, “I never knew that. I’ll have to look that up when I get home.” I did some research and I think they are herbs, grasses and low shrubs. Does anyone know if this is correct? There are many, many different varieties of each of these plants.

This is a photograph of Glasswort or Pickleweed. You can see it along the side of the trail on the salt marsh at Fort Hill.

 

 

 

The Boardwalk At Fort Hill On Cape Cod In Black And White.

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This photograph of the boardwalk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill says it all. The leaves are have fallen and winter is coming.

I loved this photograph in black and white. What do you think?

Beautiful Orange Oriental Bittersweet At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

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I get very nostalgic whenever I see  Oriental Bittersweet vines with bright orange berries growing along the trails at Fort Hill. When I was little, my mother would take us out and gather the long vines which she would weave into  a gorgeous fall wreath for our door.

Oriental Bittersweet has a twining woody vine with tiny green flowers which grow into clusters of showy bright orange-scarlet berries with yellow leaves.

Have you ever seen an Oriental Bittersweet? The berries are exquisite!

Slender Fragrant Goldenrod Wildflowers At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

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I never knew there are so many different varieties of Goldenrod wildflowers. Wow! I saw this Slender Fragrant Goldenrod a couple of weeks ago while hiking at Fort Hill. Although I’ve seen Goldenrod for years and years, I don’t remember seeing this one before. It looked so delicate.

Slender Fragrant Goldenrod has 1/4″ tiny yellow flowers that form a flat-topped cluster at the top of the plant, which grows 1-2 feet. They bloom from July through October on dry sandy soil and fields.

Have you ever seen a Slender Fragrant Goldenrod?

Pretty Damselfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

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Walking along the trail by Nauset Marsh at Fort Hill I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. I stopped and started photographing, thinking it was a dragonfly of some sort. This lady happened to be passing by and stopped and looked and said, “Oh, a Damselfly.” I said, “Oh good, now I know what it is!”

I did a bit of research on the internet and found that:

There are four details that even the most inexperienced bug watcher can use to identify if the insect is a dragonfly or a damselfly. They are the eyes, body shape, wing shape and position of the wings at rest.

Dragonflies have much larger eyes than damselflies, with the eyes taking up most of the head as they wrap around from the side to the front of the face. The eyes of a damselfly are large, but there is always a gap of space between them.

Dragonflies have bulkier bodies than damselflies, with a shorter, thicker appearance. Damselflies have a body made like the narrowest of twigs, whereas dragonflies have a bit of heft.

Both dragonflies and damselflies have two sets of wings, but they have different shapes. Dragonflies have hind wings that broaden at the base, and which makes them larger than the front set of wings. Damselflies have wings that are the same size and shape for both sets, and they also taper down as they join the body, becoming quite narrow as they connect.

Finally, you can spot the difference when the insect is at rest. Dragonflies hold their wings out perpendicular to their bodies when resting, like an airplane. Damselflies fold their wings up and hold them together across the top of their backs.”

Now that is pretty cool, don’t you think?

Climbing Nightshade Wildflower Berries At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

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I was so surprised to see these Climbing Nightshade wildflowers turn into these bright red berries in the fall. I had never seen the berries before.  I posted a photograph of the purple wildflower on my blog  on August 1st. The wildflowers are tiny, only about 1/2″ at the most.

“The fruit is an ovoid red berry about 1 cm long, soft and juicy, with the aspect and odor of a tiny tomato, and edible for some birds, which disperse the seeds widely. However, the berry is poisonous to humans and livestock, and the berry’s attractive and familiar look make it dangerous for children.”

Both the flowers and the berries are poisonous, so keep your distance!