Who says a cell phone cannot take good photos! This is the view down to the picnic area from the scenic overlook in Eau Galle Recreation Area in Wisconsin where I recently attended a family get together.
I had left my camera in my car which is down in that parking lot you can just bearly see in the photo, so I used my phone to get these shots. It was only good for that anyway as there was no phone reception here. That was nice too!
While walking with a couple family members I found several naturally growing herbs and had a great conversation with my nephew about foraging. If you live in Minneapolis, check out the facebook page Foraging with Friends. Here is what I found in a short 15 minute treck up the side of an earthen dam.
This is Mullein, it is not yet flowering, but we did see several plants that had shot up the towering yellow spike of flowers that is so indicative of this medicinal herb.
Achillea millefolium). It is surrounded by purple flowers and some rue.
Angelica caught my eye as we were driving home from the event and my husband was not thrilled that I made him stop by the side of the road to snap this.
This one although very unique in shape and flower, has me stumped. I thought it was Pussy Toes when I first saw it without the flowers open. However, when I saw the flowers open, then I thought it might be unicorn root. I could not verify either identification, as I could not find an image, that looked quite like this with the tan striped pods that opens to a 4 petal flower with serrate petals. If you know what this lovely plant is please let me know so I can improve my mental data base.
It was the season for purple flowers as the thistles, wild asters and astralagus were everywhere. I took this nice show of astralagus just as we topped the dam.
This view made walking up a rather steep earthen dam worth the effort. The view, like that from the overlook I shared first was such a great bit of Central Wisconsin terrain and vegetation. It made the effort to find the access road worth, three dead ends!
By the way those steps were on the water side. We had to walk up a narrow dirt path from the dry side of the dam!