Carol Gates and Julia Goren on the summit of Mount Skylight. photo courtesy Carol Gates.
ABS’ers Julia Goren and Carol Gates had a great hike to Mount Skylight on June 16th. They started the hike at 7:30 am and arrived at the summit about 12:30 pm. They got back to the parking lot at 7:30 pm – it was an 18 mile round trip to almost 5,000 ft (4,926)! They were looking for rare alpine species,including this one, Mountain Sandwort, Minuartia groenlandica.
Mountain Sandwort. photo courtesy Carol Gates
Hooker’s orchid. photo by Emily DeBolt
Hooker’s orchid (Platanthera hookeri) is endangered in NY. Only 2 known populations remain. NYNHP has more info about this species.
I was lucky enough to get to head out earlier this week to see one of the two locations – this one is in Warren Co. Despite the rain – I managed to get some photos. There were a total of 4 plants in bloom. 3 in one group and 1 by itself a short distance away. We also saw some other lovely blooms along the trail on our way in, and had some amphibious company – which was very fitting due to the weather. Here are a few photos from the trip. I hope you enjoy! (post by Emily DeBolt)
close up of the flowers of Hooker’s orchid. photo by Emily DeBolt
This little patch of twinflower along the trail (Linnaea borealis) was a nice surprise! photo by Emily DeBolt
Bazzania trilobata – a liverwort. There was a big clump growing along the trail. From a distance you might mistake it for just some more moss – but up close – it is anything but! photo by Emily DeBolt
We had good company on our rainy hike. The American toads seemed to be enjoying the weather. photo by Emily DeBolt
The red efts where enjoying the weather as well. We counted 21 – and managed to not step on any! photo by Emily DeBolt
These pink lady slippers were staying dry under the pines. photo by Emily DeBolt
Indian cucumber root flowers on a second tier of leaves. photo by Emily DeBolt
I just never get tired of photographing bunchberry – they are just so pretty- And they make a great groundcover for the home landscape as well! photo by Emily DeBolt