A closeup of a single Deptford pink:
A high-magnification image, stacked for more detail at the flower center. The intertwined pistils were what caught my eye. I tried some views that were even closer, but it was hard to capture the spiky details at higher magnifications.
Wild carrot, the non-native Daucus carota, is better known as Queen Anne’s lace:
The tiny red-purple flower at the center of the umbel of white flowers is supposed to represent the drop of blood he queen shed when she pricked a finger while making lace. Don’t try to eat it, it’s easy to confuse Queen Anne’s lace with similar poisonous hemlock.
Gowing’s swamp is a quaking bog in Concord, Massachusetts. It’s a bog with history – it’s been studied since colonial times and visited by Thoreau, who wrote about it. Here are a few images from the edge of the bog:
I made two visits, and both times was distracted by flowers and insects at the edge of the wetland. I walked around the edge without getting to the mosses and other plants at the heart of the quaking bog. The first time I found the pretty flower with the fanciful name Clasping-leaved Venus’ looking glass (Triodanis perfoliate). I went back a week later to get a better image, but there were no blooms left. I’ve have to go back next year. Or maybe sooner, after I get waders, to find some unusual bog plants.
In my area, oldfield toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) blooms in profusion in sunny areas. I found hundreds of them on a sandy slope:
In the woods nearby, I found starflower (link) and mayflower. I hoped for butterflies – this spot is a Frosted Elfin site – with no luck. But there were literally dozens of Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (link), all of them active and uncooperative subjects. I’ve never seen that many in one place before.