I've featured wildflowers from the Vestal Rail Trail (where I do a lot of my exercise walks) in Vestal, NY in many of my Wildflower Wednesday posts. It turns out this rail trail is a rich source for wildflowers. A lot of it is in full sun but increasingly there are shady areas. There are dry areas and wetlands, so we get a good mix of habitats.
This is a little history of the Rails-to-Trails movement, which explains this movement is over 40 years old. We've had our rail trail some 20 years, I believe - and spouse and I have done a lot of walking on it.
It measures 2.1 miles and there is a plan to expand it - money permitting, of course.
This is the 'head' of the trail. On the bottom right, you can see Queen Anne's Lace in bloom.
I was thinking this was purple loosestrife but I wonder if this may be fireweed instead. These plants aren't in a place which I can get to easily to look at leaves, etc.
This is my mystery flower of the week. This came out blurry, and I apologize. There are a lot of these flowers. The stalks are top heavy and they are dragging on the ground. They looked white in the wild, but in this photo have a little purple in them.