Friday, March 17, 2006

Orange Hawkweed

near Lake Placid, NY Summer 2001

A field of hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) like this one is something that I love about the Adirondacks. I don't see hawkweed here in NJ although the USDA says it occurs in some northwestern and southern counties of the state. It's a non-native, but well-loved wildflower, and is considered a noxious and invasive weed in many states. But it is beautiful, don't you agree?
We visit this country road each year on our way to Lake Placid and usually stand around for a bit looking for bobolinks, I think. I don't know that I remember ever finding any there, but I do enjoy the scenery.


Susan Gets Native said...

What a beautiful field! It makes me want to run through it, hollering like a fool!
BTW, I found a perfect place, sort of near me that I bet has if I could just find time to get there!
It's a beautiful estuary with a variety of habitats...river, marsh, lake, prairie, old woods. We'll see!

LauraHinNJ said...

I think we did run through that field trying to scare up some birds ;-)

Glad you might've found a place where the woodcocks are.