This summer I worked at Murphys Point. For the past 4 months I have squeezed every ounce of my interpretive juice for the park to keep my Jedi Master pleased. Now, with the end of August in sight and almost certainly my final summer of being a park naturalist, I have reached a shameful and unforgivable conclusion: I have hardly spent a single full day exploring the park.
Therefore, I dedicated my last day off to a bio-blitz, no, bio-blitzkrieg if you will, of the park. Here is a photo-rich account of what you find when you get off your ass and into the field with your net and camera for some good old-fashioned Geeking! (yes, I said it).
My quest began at the McParlan House. Cardinal Flowers heralded my arrival as I crossed the drawbridge to the Rat Snake fortress...
|The Black Rat Snake peeps from his lair|
|Water Hemlock (Cicuta Sp.)|
The perils were not yet over, for the parth was guarded by a fearsome beast. We did battle.
|"The air doesn't smell so far down here"|
|Rock polypody (Polypodium virginiana)|
|The Liverwort Marchantia polymorpha with umbrella-like gametophores, female ova-producing structures (it gets more complicated than that).|