Most of my summer is spent outdoors, and occasionally I remember to bring a camera with me. Here are some of the things I found interesting. This is in early spring, a place called “Buttermilk Falls.”
It’s a popular destination, since it’s only a 100 yard hike in from the parking area.
This is a road cut which gives a good example of what is the common soil depth and underlying geology.
Notice how thin the soil is? This is actually the usual here. The glaciers scraped this area clean, and when they receded left a lot of sand around. The soil is a duff soil, which is mostly fungi decaying leaves and needles. One thing to note – earthworms are not native to this area. What you’re seeing is about 10,000 years of soil buildup.
A little later on, around June, you’ll see these in the woods:
These are lady slippers, an orchid.
and these, a young buck in velvet – he was a regular visitor to the rose bushes.
Later in that month, or early July we see these appearing:
Luna moths. They’re very pretty, and we see them on the walls in the morning. You wonder how they can fly with those wings, but they do.
In early July we start seeing some other natives appearing, although they’re not happy to see us:
She’s laying her eggs here, and she’s not happy that someone is taking her picture while she’s doing it.
That spit of land you see with the little tree on it isn’t actually land. It’s a piece of bog that broke free during the 2011 spring floods and drifted down this lake, coming to rest there. Give it a few years in place, and it will be land, but for now it’s a mat of bushes that really aren’t anchored.