The diversity is pretty incredible. I could spend years there and not identify everything.
The first thing we stopped by was a sprawling evergreen heath called 'dog-hobble' (leucothoe editorum):
Brooke's sketching the leaves. Here's a close-up:
Rachael picks out a giant Eastern cottonwood to draw and trace the leaf of (each one picked out a plant to study as part of their schooling).
Here's some wild onion growing beside the base of a tree. Excellent mild taste. Definitely worth harvesting and dicing up for a meal:
The main purpose in coming to this side of the river was to gather bamboo to use as pins in our straw bale cabin. The bamboo grove covered about an acre, with plants over 30 feet high. We'd tease the kids and tell them to look for pandas as we walked by. We even thought of actually stashing a stuffed panda up high in the bamboo for fun, so they'd see there really are pandas here . . . but never did it.
Mishka finds a large pincer down by the river - do crayfish get this big?
Here's something Brooke spotted, a slim vine with a burst pod full of fluffy seeds: