Tip of the Day

Trail Map

Trail Map

Next time you’re out hiking, take a picture of the posted trail map with your digital camera or camera phone. Then when you’re out on the trail, you can reference back to your photo on the play back screen of your camera. It’s a good idea to bring a compass too just in case you get off the trail by accident. Some of the new “smart” phones have one built in.

 

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Eagle Update

Bald Eaglet

Bald Eaglet

The 2 baby Bald Eagles in the nest at the Vermilion Gorge are getting big. You can’t see the other Eaglet in this photo, but he’s in there. Looks like it will be a successful nesting despite the busy location.

 

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Bishop’s Cap

Bishop's Cap

Bishop's Cap

I found this Naked Mitrewort, or Bishop’s Cap the other day. It is going to seed now. I think the seeds will turn black as they ripen. I guess this is how the plant gets its’ common name of Bishop’s Cap.

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Wildflowers aplenty

Twin Flowers

Twin Flowers

Wild Rose

Wild Rose

Pitcher Plant flower

Pitcher Plant flower

Pitcher Plant flowers

Pitcher Plant flowers

Roundleaf Sundew
Roundleaf Sundew

A carniverous plant, the Roundleaf Sundew catches small insects in its sticky fronds.

Bog Cranberry flower

Bog Cranberry flower

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

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we’re in trouble now…

Canadian Honkers and goslings

Canadian Honkers and goslings

Canadian Geese have been showing up more and more frequently in the Crane Lake area. Only in the last few years have they begun nesting, historically we would only see Canadian Geese at Crane Lake during migration.

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mis-identified

Naked Mitrewort

Naked Mitrewort

I had identified this tiny little flower in a earlier post as Twayblade, but it’s actually Naked Mitrewort. I found out as I was looking around at different wildflower websites. Its’ common name is Bishop’s Cap or Naked Bishop’s Cap. The naked part refers to the bare flower stalk and the Bishop Cap refers to the seed pod that forms later. I don’t know if I’ll be able to find this plant again to see the seed stage. It’s such a tiny little plant that it probably gets totally hidden as the lush foliage of the forest floor fills in.

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Conifer Flowers

Tamarack cones

Tamarack cones

Tamarack Flowers

Tamarack Flowers


Tamarack trees have the most beautiful cones. They look like little purple roses.

Pine Cone Flowers

Pine Cone Flowers


Pine trees get flowers too. They don’t last very long and during this time they release lots of light yellow dusty pollen.

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Wolf’s milk

Wolfs milk

Wolf's milk


I posted this photo last week and the caption read “unknown mushrooms”, well, thanks to Kraig, these orange objects aren’t mushrooms at all. According to Wikipedia, it’s actually a slime mold!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum
Lycogala epidendrum is the scientific name and it is described as a plasmodial slime mould. Yuk!

It’s common name is Wolf’s milk. I don’t think a wolf’s milk is orange – what a strange name for a strange organism – maybe they do go together.

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More Wildflowers

unknown Mushrooms

unknown Mushrooms

Twayblade

Twayblade

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit

Nodding Trillium

Nodding Trillium

Starflower

Starflower


The tiny Starflowers are blooming everywhere.
Bunchberry Flowers

Bunchberry Flowers


The flowers are actually the little buds in the center of the bracts, which are the big white petals. Several little flowers are blooming in the middle.

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Wildflower update

Cotton Grass

Cotton Grass

Not very showy, but this grass is actually a “sedge”, and is growing in abundance at a local bog.

Chokecherry flowers

Chokecherry flowers

It’s going to be another great year for Chokecherry picking.

Chokecherry flowers

Chokecherry flowers

Notice how the berries will form, just like a cluster of grapes. Can you say wine???!!!

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