Hello all. Sorry for the recent absences but this past month has been an absolute whirlwind of activity! I just recently returned from some time well spent in the Saratoga Springs area of upstate New York visiting and botanizing with fellow nature blogger and friend Jackie Donnelly. She was gracious and kind enough to host me for a few days and give me a tour of some of her favorite spots to botanize and paddle. I will never be able to thank her enough for the sights and experiences I had up there; she was an incredible host and an equally knowledgeable and exciting naturalist/botanist.
I have a series of posts I plan to publish very soon on my time spent in the gorgeous splendor of the Adirondacks but if interested feel free to peruse Jackie's blog post on our forays into the wild and all that we saw that you can find RIGHT HERE. From sphagnum bogs and the white fringed orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis) which was the main reason for my trip up; to paddling the sparkling waters of the Hudson River and mountain lakes; to virgin white pine and hemlock forests, my trip was an experience I'll never forget. So check back soon for my series of posts and I hope you vicariously enjoy the trip even half as much as I did in person!