|Piedmont Fameflower (not blooming) with a few Prickly Pear|
|Overlooking Grassy Hill and Rocky Mount |
from the summit of Bald Knob Natural Area Preserve
Our group, comprised of BRFAL Master Naturalists, Natural Heritage Stewards of DCR, an Ecology and Earth Science teacher as well as other local trail stewards. We enjoyed a view overlooking Rocky Mount and Grassy Hill in the distance, while waiting for the Fameflower to bloom. Although there were vast numbers of plants, they did not seem to get the memo that they were supposed to bloom at midday, so we were lucky to see only a few actually blooming.
Other species that we spotted were the Day Flower, Coral Berry, Prickly Pear, Primrose, Boneset and Black Moss (Grimmia sp) to name but a few.
Because this site has been recently been purchased by DCR (with funding from Land & Water Conservation Fund and Virginia Land Conservation Foundation) and is now under protection of development, plans in the works to maintain, manage and preserve the existing barrens, woods, grasslands and water resources. We (BRFAL) hope to provide some assistance in these endeavors.