I never tire of nature. There are always, ALWAYS, new things to learn, places to discover. Even people who have studied biology in school don't know everything. I remember being out on one of the DNR's invasive plant removal workdays a few years ago. Our team leader, being a botanist, was not very familiar with birds, and she asked me what kind of bird was making the raspy noise we could hear off in the woods. I stopped and looked at her and said, "Uh, that's a tree frog." So all of us have lots of room to learn from our explorations.
I had never heard of fringed gentian until we camped a few tears ago at Hog Island, up on the southern shore of Michigan's U.P., next to a wet meadow that was filled with the stuff. I was blown away by this gorgeous little flower, even though we had to leave before the sun warmed the meadow enough to open them fully. I was further unaware that we had it growing right here, practically in our back yard, until Karin found it while out for a walk.
A lovely little plant with squarish buds, it opens up in a whorl, almost like an upside down umbrella.
I crawled around in the mud for some time, studying and photographing it.
There were other plants in the meadow as well, such as boneset,
and grass of Parnasis.
But I kept getting drawn back to the gentian.
So look for some new stuff beginning in October.