Sunday at the Arboretum
Sunday afternoon turned into a nice stroll in the woods with friends. Sylvan had two handfuls of homework on his plate, so I anticipated spending the day gardening and relaxing. Instead, I was invited for a dog-friendly hike that seemed like a great alternative to lounging in the yard. 😉
We decided to explore Peavy Arboretum just north of town, which was a great choice for the day and for the dogs! The troop consisted of my newest neighbor (and friend!) Martin; Yadira, and Sarah. Yadira and Sarah both brought their beautiful pups, Max and Josie, which made for some extra nice company (and entertainment!)
Josie and Max LOVED the water. Josie, a true water dog at heart, paddled around the lake the entire time we were in the vicinity. Even during out lengthy walk around the lake perimeter, she swam alongside us, paddling oh so peacefully, in and around logs and brush, with no other thought on her mind… besides maybe hoping to snatch a fish or two. The reflections on the water were beautiful and bright. You could see down into the lake even. It was so clear and beautiful!
No swimming? No fishing? These pups are truly ruff rebels!
Peavy is also home to the Forestry Department and the logging sports team. We couldn’t help but try our hand at the skill of log rolling and balancing acts.
On our walk back, I spotted a few flowers here and there, including these daisies I found sunbathing on a hot wood bench. And I spotted a handful of active dragonflies, which kept me smiling for a while!
Below is Corallorhiza maculata, or the spotted coralroot orchid flower. There are no leaves and no green tissues. When I saw it, I first thought that it slightly resembled Indian Pipe, but pink, so I thought it may be a plant that gathers its nutrients in a similar way or from the same family…Come to find, I was on to something! This orchid is a myco-heterotroph, like Indian pipe or Ghost plant (Monotropa uniflora).
Myco-heterotrophy is a symbiotic relationship between certain kinds of plants and fungi, in which the plant gets all or part of its food from parasitism upon fungi rather than from photosynthesis. A myco-heterotroph is the parasitic plant partner in this relationship.
This was the only coralroot I saw on our hike and it stood out like a sore thumb. I wondered if it was just early in the season, or if maybe it just isn’t that prevalent in the area. I did a simple search and came across this native orchid blog site, which lists weekly reports of the PNW wild orchid season and what is currently in bloom. How cool is that?
Horsetail lined the lake. Because it contains silica and minerals, horsetail often is used to strengthen bone, hair, and fingernails — parts of the body that require high mineral levels. It is said that you can drink horsetail tea for up to a month if you’ve broken a bone. Horsetail also may be used by those who have wounds that do not heal well. (but I’m no doctor, so do not do as I say.) It has been said that the pattern of spacing of nodes in horsetails inspired John Napier to discover logarithms…Grow grow math power, grow!