We were pretty excited to find this lone columbine growing along the trail to Spearfish Falls, but it turns out it's not the hard-to-find wild columbine, which is a buttery pale yellow and pink. This is a garden-variety columbine that somehow found its way into the woods.
Common burdock is a funky-looking plant...looks like clusters of small stunted thistles. From the aster family. It was growing along the trail to Spearfish Falls.
Jayne pointed out this red squirrel as it scurried up a tree. She found a little cache of tender little pinecones in a freshly-dug hole in the ground, where the squirrel had first been when we came along. Another sign of the changing seasons.
The fairybell fruit is either yellow (see Aug. 16 post) or red, like this one. Fairybell wildflowers are of the lily family. We saw the red ones along the trail to Spearfish Falls.
The chokecherries are ripening...this red will become a deep purple as the berries reach maturity. Chokecherries grow all over the Black Hills. Did you know they're from the rose family?!