Pine Lake/Mud Lake Hikes – Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Report by Aleda Koehn – In spite of weather forecast threats we chose not to believe that the rain would arrive in the morning, and a smaller group of 16 participated in this hike. The group divided-some walking the Pine Lake property and the rest heading up the mountain toward Mud Lake. The morning was very humid and some were bothered by insects but we kept on. We saw lots of wild flowers, starting with the lovely Star Flowers here and there on the uphill climb. We had done this hike about the same time last year so we knew somewhat where we might expect to see certain flowers. Among the many species seen, especially outstanding were the lovely purple Gay Wings/Polygala, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, a few late blooming left over Red Trillium, Painted Trillium, a small patch of Pink Lady’s Slipper, and, just when we were wondering if it survived the winter, we came across the bright pink, spicy flowers of the Early Azalea. A few open Bunchberry and Clintonia were also spotted. Many eyes help in spotting.
We made our way to the bog, bouncing around on the sphagnum mat. We saw the buds and leaves of the Pitcher-Plant, also, in flower- Bog Laurel, Leather-Leaf and Highbush Blueberry. After a brief lunch/snack we returned. The air was a bit drier and more comfortable for the walk back. We arrived at Pine Lake a bit after I pm and in good time as on the way home the skies opened and it poured for a short time. I guess the forecasters had the right idea, but so did we.  Photos by Julie Smith – Click on image to obtain a larger version.

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