There is so much more diversity in the other types of wildlife and vegetation, however. And often the human crowds are not much of a problem, at least on some of the more remote trails.
Other orange things include this Wood Lily (Lilium phildelphicum), found along some of the more open sections of woodland.....
...as well as this Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense).
A bit earlier in the season, one can see this orangey scene at various places of a woodland.
There isn't a lot of sunlight getting to the forest floor these days, and wildflowers are not abundant.
Where a tree has died, or fallen over, it lets a bit more sunlight to the forest floor, and it is there where there is a greater profusion of vegetative growth. This American Beech tree (Fagus grandifolia) has fallen over, and the growth on the forest floor is beginning to become more prevalent than in the adjacent shaded area.
There are a few flowering plants, however, even in the somewhat subdued light. Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) is scattered about. Its fruit is not considered edible like many other raspberries are.
Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata) may be found in some of the damper sections.
Another plant found in rich woodlands these days, and mostly restricted to the Carolinian Life Zone, is Richweed (Collinsonia canadensis).
|A close-up from a previous year|
Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana) is not all that colourful, but is distinctive.
This vine, named Wild Yamroot (Dioscorea villosa), is not common, and the flowers are not particularly impressive. Its seeds are more obvious than the flowers, and in the fall, the heart-shaped leaves turn an attractive golden brown.
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) is quite abundant in these southern hardwood forests. It is one of the more delicate fern species, and will disappear with the first frosts.
Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix) is an obvious grass species well represented along the trails.
Occasionally one might come across a fork (Forcus plasticus) in the trail :-).
If you look closely to where you are stepping, the distinctly marked caterpillar of a Mourning Cloak butterfly may be crossing the trail.
This next image shows a Brown Stink Bug (Menacles insertus). I didn't handle it to see if it lived up to its name.
Even in the forest, dragonflies occur. Here is presumably a female White-faced Meadowhawk, well away from its normal wetland haunts. The various species of meadowhawk are notoriously difficult to tell apart in the field, especially the females.
Even during these dog days of summer, there is lots to see!