Location: Byron, MI USA Zone 5b
Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:01 pm
Oswald's Bear Ranch, and stopped at any other thing that caught our attention.
I however had a secret, side objective...to find S. purpurea in its native habitat. I did some research ahead of time, and found a known sanctuary.
With little more than some GPS coordinates from Google, I talked my wife into the adventure.
Started off pretty normal, a 35ish mile trip from our cabin to Paradise, MI. From there we turned off on a dirt road, which at some point turned into an "other road" meaning no maintenance, grading, etc. Since we had brought the whole family, this was a little challenging for our mini-van...but we made it.
Destination was the "Pat Grogan Shelldrake Nature Sanctuary" owned by the Michigan Nature Society, which is located at the following GPS coordinates (46.7578600, -85.1401000).
Location on map:
We traveled for quite some time, before we found our spot:
After looking around a bit, we found the trail we were looking for:
After coming to a clearing, I grabbed this panoramic photo of the overall area:
Then moments later I spotted my first subject, pretty much all by itself.
And then, another.
I was quite happy to have found them...but then about 1/4 around the path, we found the mother-load. They were literally everywhere, and you had to be careful where you stepped, as the trail was overgrown with moss as plants....they were everywhere.
Looking around you could see thousands of the flowers that had started to wilt and form seed pods, they were hard to see in the photos, but I could have gone on for hours taking photos. Unfortunately my wife vetoed my plans, and we headed back into town for dinner.
It was a great trip, and even better that I got to incorporate my newest hobby. I have already started to research other spots to visit. It is reported that there are some drosera here as well, but I didn't happen to come across any.
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