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Tromping through the woods at the Dunbar Cave State Natural Area


The park Interpreter went on a tromp on Monday, April 20, a nice sunny but fairly cool day. (A tromp is when you get off the trail and roam around, which visitors cannot do – (sorry, only park employees are allowed to do it!). Here are her observations.


Purple Larkspur

Many flowers are blooming – more and more every year. The best right now are the Fire Pink, bright red splashes of color on the hillside above the lake; Dwarf Crested Iris, the small blue and yellow flowers that grow in patches on the hillside, patches that are getting larger every year; and the Violet Wood Sorrel, lavender trumpets with a yellow throat and leaves which look like shamrocks. This is a great year for the wood sorrel, it seems to be everywhere. We also have shooting star, larkspur, and spring beauty, among others.

Of course, things change every day – I swear that there were flowers out in the afternoon that were not  there in the morning. Most of our flowers are more plentiful every year (as long as no one picks them) – some have disappeared, either due to habitat change or human destruction, but those are the minority. «Read the rest of this article»


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