Well the rail trail is looking pretty fallish right now. Many of the Maples and Sumac are changing to scarlet, red or burgundy. The Michigan Holly has bright red berries.
There are Goldenrod and Asters as far as you can see. So many different Asters, so many different Goldenrods. Here are a few of the lovely asters:
These two are different colors of the New England Aster, tall and spectacular with large blooms.
Smaller blooms are on the Panicled Aster and Heath Aster
On top of that, the Bottle Gentian has started to bloom– here are three colors along mile 12:
If you see Fringed Gentian anywhere, let me know.
Along the sides of the trail, I saw a plant with dainty pink flowers and lovely small linear leaves. I believe this is the Slender Gerardia or False Foxglove.
So go explore–there are flowers to admire and new ones to identify.