My first stop was the Grist Mill in Sudbury:
On to Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord:
Small-flowered False Foxglove (native)
This pink beauty was a real surprise. I don't remember seeing it at Great Meadows before. There were large swaths of it along the path. So pretty!
Dock-Leaved Smartweed (native)
False Water-Pepper Smartweed (native) (unconfirmed ID)
(native to North America, but introduced in New England)
American Lotus closeup
American Lotus leaves
Don't you just love how the water catches on them?
Little Evening Primrose (native)
The heart-shape of these petals caught my eye.
The other side of the river was beautifully decorated with dozens of Cardinal Flowers.
Cardinal Flower closeup (native)
The impoundments were both full of American Lotus.
A spider in his hiding place
Wood Duck (female)
Mugwort aka Common Wormwood (non-native)
Great Blue Heron
Showy Tick-Trefoil (native)