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.
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.
Along the way, we encounter some of the creatures that live in the bog.
and a land snail.
We are careful not to brush against the dreaded Poison Ivy.
As the saying goes; Leaves of 3, leave it be. It’s Poison Ivy!
There were great swaths of ferns.
Many old mossy oak trees.
Then, down into the bog.
Here is an example of the stunning Blue Flag Iris.
The Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant that gains its sustenance from trapping little bugs inside its “pitcher”.
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,
The stinky Skunk Cabbage is also in abundance.
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.
As we climbed back up from the bog, we encountered some other flora of the forest.
A series of Ganoderma climbing a decaying old tree trunk.
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!