Eshqua bog

Jane and I have made a couple of trips to Eshqua Bog, Hartland, VT this spring.The first on was on May 27. We had been hoping that the lady’s slippers would be in bloom, but it was too early. We did see other spring flowers.

Marsh marigold, May 27
Marsh marigold, May 27
Soloman's seal, May 27 --Eshqua Bog, Hartland, VT
Soloman’s seal, May 27 –Eshqua Bog, Hartland, VT

Today’s trip was more fruitful. We not only saw two varieties of lady’s slippers,

Yellow lady's slipper
Yellow lady’s slipper
Showy lady's slipper
Showy lady’s slipper

but also other bog flowers.

Water avens
Water avens
Pitcher plant flower
Pitcher plant flower
Bunchberry
Bunchberry

The dragon flies, butterflies and a hummingbird also put in an appearance.

Dragon fly
Dragon fly
Butterfly on buttercup
Butterfly on buttercup
Ruby throated hummingbird
Ruby throated hummingbird

Eshqua Bog 6/29

After this morning’s rain, Jane and I went to Eshqua Bog Natural Area, Hartland, VT, co-owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy of Vermont and The New England Wildflower Society.

Eshqua bog natural area
Eshqua bog natural area

They have built a boardwalk over the bog, making it handicapped accessible.

Jane photographing from the boardwalk.
Jane photographing from the boardwalk.

Hundreds of showy lady slippers were in bloom, a little past peak but still beautiful!

Showy lady slipper
Showy lady slipper

Showy lady slipper
Showy lady slipper

We also saw other bog plants.

White northern bog orchid
White northern bog orchid

Pitcher plant
Pitcher plant
Larch
Larch
a flower gone to seed and covered with rain drops.
a flower gone to seed and covered with rain drops.

Next year we will have to go earlier so we can see yellow lady slippers.