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nature walks around the lower chartiers watershed

Fiddlehead Dragons

Now that I've got a higher quality digital SLR, I'm documenting walks along local trails to capture the flora you'd see along the trails as you walked. I'm familiar enough with the trails near me to know what blooms when, since it's been one of my projects from before my digital camera. I've got loads of shots on film, but they aren't in sequence as these are.

This project is intended to one day become an online and perhaps print reference for the wildflowers of the Lower Chartiers Watershed, so I'll be keeping them organized by trail. Wildflowers are amazingly predictable, and anyone else would be able to walk the trail around the same time I did in another year and see these wildflowers in about this sequence. So far I've visited the Panhandle Trail area, but I'll also be visiting Kane's Woods in Scott Township, Wingfield Pines in Upper St. Clair, to name a few.

These images are provided for familiarity rather than strict scientific identification; I am not a scientist, and my goal is first to take good photographs, then to give people a general appreciation of the beauty of their local wildflowers. The names are accurate, but I'll keep to the most common name to make it easier for you to find these in guidebooks and pursue more information. Just enjoy looking at them!

Also visit the other flora and fauna galleries under "Nature" in the menu at left.

NOTE: The slideshow will pop up as a flash slideshow in a new window. Hold your mouse anywhere over the slideshow to see the image title at the top, hold your mouse over the image number at the bottom to see a thumbnail.


Wildflowers of a Summer Evening, July 2009

Panhandle Nature Walk, Mid-May 2009

Wild Sweet PeaPanhandle Trail, McDonald to Walker's Mill, Mid-June 2009

May and June Wildflowers of the Lower Chartiers Watershed


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