Visiting Two Sites in the Triassic Basin: Upper Monocacy River valley in Maryland and Grant Conway State Forest in Virginia; August 19 and 20, 2014

Tall Sunflowers grace an overgrown field north of Taneytown in upper Carroll County MD

Tall Sunflowers grace an overgrown field north of Taneytown in upper Carroll County MD

Biennial Gaura, a relative of the common Evening Primrose, along a roadside in northwest Carroll County MD.  For some reason I find this wildflower only in the upper Monocacy valley.

Biennial Gaura, a relative of the common Evening Primrose, along a roadside in northwest Carroll County MD. For some reason I find this wildflower only in the upper Monocacy valley.

I was surprised to see this Giant Swallowtail feeding on thistle flowers along a narrow road right near the PA line, just east of Emmittsburg

I was quite surprised to see this Giant Swallowtail feeding on thistle flowers along a narrow road right near the PA line, just east of Emmitsburg.  This is the first Giant I have ever seen in Maryland.

These Orange Coneflowers (Rudbeckia fulgida) were growing along the entrance road to Conway Robinson State Forest in Prince William County Virginia.  They are rare in Maryland.

These Orange Coneflowers (Rudbeckia fulgida) were growing along the entrance road to Conway Robinson State Forest in Prince William County Virginia. They are rare in Maryland and become more common the farther south you travel.

Scaly Blazing Star is a late summer wildflower that prefers dry wood edges in the south.  There are a few spots it grows at  Conway Robinson State Forest.

Scaly Blazing Star is a late summer wildflower that prefers dry wood edges in the south. There are a few spots it grows at Conway Robinson State Forest.

A small wet area  at Robinson S.F. had several bright scarlet Cardinal Flowers.  They are one of my favorite late summer blooms.

A small wet area at Robinson S.F. had several bright scarlet Cardinal Flowers. They are one of my favorite late summer blooms.

Another species of coneflower at Conway Robinson, the Green-headed, Rudbeckia laciniata.

Another species of coneflower at Conway Robinson, the Green-headed, Rudbeckia laciniata.

Pink Wild Bean growing alongside the entrance to Conway Robinson State Forest.

Pink Wild Bean growing alongside the entrance to Conway Robinson State Forest.

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