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Revisiting Ferd’s Bog

Lucy, our trusty hiking companion, urges us on

Lucy, our trusty hiking companion, urges us on

One of the places I love to visit in the Adirondacks is Ferd’s Bog, a 50-acre tract of boreal forest surrounding a black spruce bog. I first visited it in 2011, and the bog was filled with pitcher plants; I posted a picture of them here, at my other blog. I haven’t seen the pitcher plants for the last three years, though, and I suspect that people may be venturing off the boardwalk (judging from the many trampled trails I saw into the grasses) and taking them. It’s both foolish (since they won’t grow anywhere else — they grow in the bog because it’s acidic) and selfish (since it alters the ecosystem, prevents others from experiencing it, and even breaks the law by taking plants from a protected area). I hate to sound so negative, but it’s sad to see. I’m not sure whether the process can be reversed or not.

Nevertheless, the walk through the woods into the bog retains its primeval character. There are apparently many interesting birds that inhabit the area, but I haven’t seen any of them: gray jays, boreal chickadees, black-backed and three-toed woodpeckers, for example. But the many plants, trees and mosses always grab my attention and make the walk seem magical.

Here are a few pics from my most recent foray in.

Trail

Trail

Lichen

Lichen

You descend into the bog -- and climb back out

You descend into the bog — and climb back out

A stump beautifully furred with mosses

A stump beautifully furred with mosses

Wood between the worlds

Wood between the worlds

Boardwalk into the open bog

Boardwalk into the open bog

Micro-world

Micro-world

Creeping snowberry

Creeping snowberry

Stump host for all kinds of plants

Stump host for all kinds of plants

 

Open bog -- the black flecks are dragonflies. The air was thick with them.

Open bog — the black flecks are dragonflies. The air was thick with them.

Quietness -- no sound but a single white-throated sparrow

Quietness — no sound but a single white-throated sparrow

Big sky country

Big sky country

Boardwalk leading back into the woods

Boardwalk leading back into the woods

Follow the yellow -- er, white -- brick road

Follow the yellow — er, white — brick road

The trail back out

The trail back out

Red toadstool

Red toadstool

A tree bearded with mosses

A tree bearded with mosses

Red berries -- not sure what kind

Red berries — not sure what kind

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Polished roots

Polished roots

Evergreens

Evergreens

Baby evergreens

Baby evergreens

Log overtaken with other plants

Log overtaken with other plants

Decomposition

Decomposition

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Woodland benediction

Woodland benediction

Some pics of Ferd’s Bog from last year are included here. Some from the year before are here.

Categories: Landscapes, Plants, Walks, Woods

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. I am recovering from breast cancer and your photos really brighten my day. Keep em coming

  2. Janet

    August 19, 2015 — 10:48 am

    Thank you Valerie — I’m so glad! Sending positive thoughts your way.

  3. This reminds me of one of my favorite places to visit… Dolly Sods Wilderness in WV. Unfortunately, mine is a 3.5 hr drive to get there. The photos are very beautiful… I’m glad you shared them with us. Too bad about the pitcher plants. It’s very disappointing if people are taking them.

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