Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Closer Look at the Wildflower Meadow!

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about a place, you find something new. That's what I discovered recently at Bernheim. A wildflower meadow just inside the main gate was a total surprise to me. This particular area looked as though very few visitors had frequented here. I stopped to take photos of a small patch of yellow coneflowers, saw what looked like a meadow filled with wildflowers and thought I would take a closer look. I discovered as I walked around one side, that the rangers had mowed a wide path for visitors to walk on. No sooner than I had started, I noticed quite a few Buckeye Butterflies feasting on purple coneflowers.

Just off in the distance I noticed something red which turned out to be a red bridge. Apparently the bridge normally traversed a wetland area. Not today as it was quite dry.

Just on the other side of the bridge sat several birdhouses which for the most part looked abandoned.

As I walked along, I noticed quite a bit of Queen Anne's Lace which was growing in full force . . .

The entire walk around the meadow only took a few minutes. The meadow was teaming with dragonflies, bees, butterflies, all types of coneflowers, several varieties of tall grasses and, of course, plenty of insects. I was glad I had worn my blue jeans or my legs would have been eaten alive with insect bites.

A plaque on the bridge said it was donated by Boy Scout Troop 100 from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, which is a small town only three miles from my house. Hopefully, more visitors will find this meadow and take a walk. I'll have to pass the word along. I hope you enjoyed the journey. And I hope your weekend is going well. ENJOY!

4 comments :

  1. Beautiful images of the wildflower meadow ... just the place where I would feel very much at home.
    I just googled Bernheim ... amazing location. How lucky you are to have this on your doorstep Carol.

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  2. That is my kind of place to look for photos. You did very well there, too.
    I have only seen a couple buckeyes here. Are they common there?

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  3. What a great walk - that meadow had a bonanza of flowers. The butterfly is WOW!

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  4. Ah yes, what a wonderful place to walk amongst the flowers. The queen annes lace is coming to life everywhere! Wonderful coneflower/butterfly image! Plenty of birds first thing in the morning too I would imagine.

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