Saturday, May 06, 2006

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, No. 1, part 1

Yesterday evening, I visited the headquarters of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy near Schenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. At the headquarters, they maintain an educational learning center and a system of trails branching throughout their property.

One Landscape View from the Center

One of their trails took me down along a portion of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Since I often make reference to the Perkiomen Creek and tributaries, you might want to look at a map of this creek and its tributaries. The tributaries include the East Branch, Unami, Swamp, and Skippack Creeks. Perkiomen Creek itself feeds into the Schuylkill River.

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Mayapple flowers are one of my favorite childhood nature memories. When we would go for a walk in the woods with my dad in the Spring, I would eagerly look for them and then just a little later their fruit.

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)


Tropical Screamer said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful flowers. :)


Cergie said...

Oh Tim! What beautiful photos of landscape and flowers. It's a great idea to put the romance names, it's so easier to find them in one of my books (on my rigt-hand, you know).
Geraniums are amongst my favourite plants, I love their leaves as much as their flowers and often they smell so good. I have plenty kinds of them in my own garden."Geranium maculatum" grows usually in the nature in the east part of America.
I'll now search about the other plants you're showing to us.

Cergie said...

It's still me, the French name of "star of bethlehem" is "dame de onze heure", do you have a Web site to find these names ?

Tim Rice said...

Hi, darilyn. Glad you enjoyed the flowers!

Thanks, cergie. It's neat to know that other people appreciate these flowers, too. The web site that I have used most often is actually that of one of my brothers. His web site is as follows: