|Ripened fox grapes|
The musky, sweet aroma of ripening Fox grapes perfumed shady stretches of the Dike Trail where large fruit clusters hung overhead in the shadows. The dryness has made them extra flavorful this year. These are a seasonal clue for our next surprise encounter with...Cut-leaved Grape ferns with ripened spores. I haven't seen Grape ferns in many years. Veteran walker, Steve Tobin, spotted these growing amidst moss covered roots of a large silver maple tree.
|Cut-leaved grape fern, fertile and infertile fronds|
|Water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiper)|