For the next week we will be visiting Ives Fen Preserve. (http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/placesweprotect/ives-road-fen-preserve.xml) It is a nature Conservancy preserve of 700 acrea along the River Raisin. There are fens, floodplain woods, and upland fields and forest. There is also a played out gravel pit. These pictures were all from the latter. A gravel pit you say? Don't scoff! There are two ponds that are home to Blanchard's cricket frog, a Michigan threatened species. I once suggested we need some fish in the ponds. The frog guys were horrified. The fish would eat the frog eggs! To see the frog, (https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/element-images/244.jpg).
Ohio goldenrod and it's flat topped brethren are sometimes segregated as the genus Oligoneuron. It is one split that chemistry and computing have not seemed to settle.