We checked the area between 8 and 9 mile roads and sure enough, the Fringed Gentians are blooming. They are in clumps among the many Stiff, Showy and Canada Goldenrod, the New England, Heath and Flat Top White Asters and the remaining Joe Pye Weed and Tall Sunflowers. There are also still the occasional Black-eyed Susans.
We did not find any Bottle Gentian blooming–so they are probably a little later than the Fringed. White Turtlehead was a pleasant surprise in a few spots as well.
There should be several more days of show on all the flowers, and the Michigan Holly is beginning to color up. Grapes hang heavily in their purple dewy leaf bowers. Crab apples are falling everywhere along with the Acorns from all the oak trees. Yellow is beginning to be the leaf color for birches and poplars as well as the Witch Hazel and the first red leaves of the maples are a brilliant contrast to the deep green from summer.
Enjoy your days on the trail.