Jun 24

An early summer day.

This morning, while taking my usual stroll around the yard, I noticed a deer across the field. Quietly I walked to the back area with camera at the ready. The doe was probably about 2 or 3 years of age, quite healthy and she had not noticed me yet.

A doe unaware she is being observed.

A doe unaware she is being observed

Oh! Are you looking at me?

Oh! Are you looking at me?

I'll be going now, bye!

I’ll be going now, bye!

Later in the afternoon I went on a nature walk through the Tannersville Cranberry Bog. The bog is owned by the Nature Conservancy and access is granted through the Monroe County Conservation District. The weather was hot, which is to be expected at this time of year, but down in the bog the temperature is what I would classify as sultry. I do not suffer the heat well. Here are some of the pics from the walk with accompanying descriptions:

From the road and parking area the entrance to the bog preserve winds through old farm land and into the deciduous forest of mostly oaks and maples.

This stone wall is all that remains of an old barn. Apparently this area suffered a terrible flood in August of1955. You can read more about it here.The remains of a foundation for an old barn

Along the way, we encounter some of the creatures that live in the bog.

A salamanderSalamander

and a land snail.snail

We are careful not to brush against the dreaded Poison Ivy.leaves of 3 - leave it be!  Poison Ivy

As the saying goes; Leaves of 3, leave it be. It’s Poison Ivy!

There were great swaths of ferns.IMGP0576

Many old mossy oak trees.150 year old mossy oak

Then, down into the bog.

Here is an example of the stunning Blue Flag Iris.Blue Flag Iris

The Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant that gains its sustenance from trapping little bugs inside its “pitcher”.Pitcher Plant

The Black Spruce is an interesting tree that survives in the wetness of the bog. A thin and frail looking conifer that grows at an amazingly sluggish pace. Our guide,

Jennifer, explained that a black spruce measuring only 5 feet tall is roughly 50 years old! The one pictured in the center here is likely near 250 years old.Black Spruce

The stinky Skunk Cabbage is also in abundance. skunk cabbage

Another plant that does well in the acidity of the bog is the Blueberry. This would be considered the low-bush blueberry and the fruit is edible. As you can see, the berries were just beginning to ripen.Blueberry

As we climbed back up from the bog, we encountered some other flora of the forest.

This sample of a maple tree with an extraordinary number of burl along its trunk.Maple burl

A series of Ganoderma climbing a decaying old tree trunk.Ganoderma, a varnished polypore

These are also known as “varnished” polypores.

Guided hikes are generally not something I am interested in. At least not since my children were young. However, this hike was well worth the time and I am pleased I had the opportunity to view the diversity of vegetation that thrives in this unique environment….even on a hot day like today!

Returning to the car, I tuned into the radio to hear Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, Pastorale. I thought, what a perfectly fitting ending to this lovely summer day!

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  1. It is so nice to see the deer again! It has beautiful form and elegant pose. I do like the creature. Regarding the plants, I can only recognize ferns. @!@

    it seems that there is solid ground at every where in the bog.

    1. Thanks for reading my blog, Sofia.
      The ground in the bog varies from extremely wet to soft sphagnum. The bog acts as a sponge to absorb water in wet/rainy years and in dry years it slowly releases the moisture to the surrounding area. This sponge action also helps to act as a filter for water that may have been contaminated. The bog is a unique ecosystem and if you follow the links for Monroe County Conservation District you can learn more.
      Also, I think you may be familiar with a species from the Ganoderma. In China I think you call it Lingzhi mushroom. Take a look at this link; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingzhi_mushroom

      1. Yes, you are right. I saw Ganoderma before. My father had gathered some of them from the hill when he happened to find them. they were thick and hard, some of them were ugly.

        People in our country adore ganoderma for its characters on curing disease. But I don’t think so. People overstate its effect.

    • li min on June 27, 2013 at 8:31 am
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    Wow, Kevin. Very nice photos!
    You enjoy nature very much and observe it very carefully.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Min. I am pleased that you like the pictures.
      It was an interesting walk with many unusual plants.

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