If yesterday's pic wasn't a clue... I went on a pretty intense botany trip to the Pine Barrens on Sunday. MevetS was nice enough to invite me along, but probably didn't properly prepare me. Sure, he said to bring lunch and bug spray and the directions led me to an unmarked sugar-sand road in the middle of the Pine Barrens, but...
Seeing this really scared me. Adding to the fashion faux-pas of tucking their pants into their socks, these folks were using packing tape around their ankles to further geek themselves out/protect against chiggers.
Yesterday was brutally hot and the pines in the pygmy forest did little to provide any shade from the sun, but we wandered and wandered, with the promise of a 'wetland' somewhere along the way.
After a couple hours walking in the blazing sun, I was fantasizing about a cool blue pool of water and cabana boys, but...
These people were all about plants... and most of them weren't even flowering plants!
I've learned that plant people, as they progress and learn more, get really into sedges and rushes and grasses. This is kind of too much for me just now, kind of like shorebirds and gulls are too much for me as a birder.
I need colors and blooms and flashy stuff that catches my eye!
Digging up a sedge to be able to identify it based of the shape and fibrous nature of its roots?
Feels too much like aging gulls based on primary molt or whatever.
TMI, especially when it's 95 degrees and you've been walking for hours looking for the pool - which turned out to be nothing more than a mucky stream we had to bushwack our way through.
I'll share a couple pics tomorrow of the few flowers we did manage to stumble across. I sound like I'm making fun, but mostly I'm almost awed by the knowledge and enthusiasm I witnessed with this group and wonder how long it'll take me to be ready to tackle (and get excited about!) sedges (or gulls).
festival of Lights
2 weeks ago