September Wildflowers of Otter Creek Valley
As summer wanes, the last of the wildflowers are making their appearance. On the northern slope above Otter Pond, yellow wildflowers are in full bloom, above. In the distance is Dick’s Mountain just north of Lake Lure.
Buddy, above, likes to romp in the flowers as much as I like to photograph them… The tall stems are everywhere along the forest boundary, below. Although they look alot like Black Eyed Susan, they are something else. The centers are reddish brown, and they grow to heights of six feet. They are in the Astor family.
Here’s another rare wildflower that I have never seem before. Hundreds of wispy blooms catch the morning dew just before sunrise. It was 57 degrees. Click to see the larger versions.
A miniature version of Black Eyed Susan cling to vines along the ground, below.
Looking up toward Oak Mountain, below, the trail is lined with yellow blossoms.