|N Wetland East Track.|
The weather has been spotty with even some negative temperatures. But mostly it's been overcast with some rain and some sunshine. So I've hiked around the probability of rain. As you can see from the scenes, the sun was out when I took them, and the skies are clear and blue. I've been staying around the N. wetland of the east track area to see if the otters or muskrats have returned to the channel after it was cleaned out. But so far no sign of them. This area is an easy staging area for the hike into the Long Lake Wetland, which is that initial gloppy area that Boomer dislikes so much. Even with the bit of warm weather we've had the forest is awakening so you're going to see scenes and flora in this post. The wildlife will have to wait until the next post.
The switch over to photographing wild flowers means I have to recall what I learned last year in terms of identification and camera technology. So be prepared for an amazing display of ignorance in both areas.
|The Gloppy Entrance to the Wetland.|
|Long Lake Wetland|
|Another View Of The Gloppy Entrance to the Wetland.|
The two photos are out of sequence, but it doesn't matter. Crossing the creek showing in the gloppy photos is a chore as the muck is like quick sand and you readily sink in it. So I pick my way across it fairly gingerly using my cane.
|The Rock wall of The Wetland.|
|Wetland showing Channel that leads to Upper Lakes.|
The Wetland itself is large and there's another trail leading north that I haven't tried out yet. It was in here that I first saw the Turkey Buzzards.
|Showing Channel again.|
The wild blueberries are starting to flower. These are blown up quite a bit. They're about the size of a quarter your pinkie finger nail.
The Dogwood is in bloom in forest clearings as well. I'm not certain about the Dog Bane identification, but it's the closest that I could come.It's a small flower also, not as small as the blueberry flower, but close.
This one is a total unknown to me, but it sure is interesting with that little corkscrew addition on it. Again these are blown up as they're fairly small. If anybody knows what they are just add a comment.
The Violets are favourites of mine because they're so colourful in comparison to the whites. But that's what you get in this forest-vivid colours against white and green backgrounds.
I blew the violets up even more here for a closer glimpse. They're also small, the same size as the blueberry flowers. In both cases it's the mass of the plants that makes such a vivid display in the clearings.
|Tree in Growth|
Of course the evergreens are growing even in the most inhospitable areas. I don't have the vaguest notion of what this red guy is. But he's an interesting colour also.
Surprised I could get through a whole post without any wildlife??
A Post to Sky Watch Friday.