Friday, November 9, 2018

The Bog in November

The Philbrick-Cricenti Bog in New London, NH is famous among botanists for the wide variety of rare plants, from several varieties of orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants.  I get out there often, but have not been there in November until now.  Amazing colors.

Bunchberry
Highbush blueberry

More blueberry

Bog Rosemary, Andromeda polifolia

Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon

More bunchberry, with yummy goldthread

Larches lose all their needles every year








Pitcher plant

lots of pitcher plants in the sphagnum and cranberry plants

Pitcher plant

Winterberry


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunny afternoon in early winter

The leaves were more golden than brown, and the sky was not always gray, but I was thinking of The Mamas & the Papas while floating on the pond this afternoon.

Mergansers have come in to harvest the minnows, and a cute, fluffy, demon-squirrel is harvesting the neighbor's insulation.

Blueberries

Merganser




Not a nice red squirrel

Saturday, November 3, 2018

When

When the ground is saturated and the lakes and ponds are full and it keeps on raining and raining and raining as it has done this year,  the little babbling brooks climb out of their banks and start to roar.  Here are two small brooks in Wilmot, NH


This is Kimpton Brook, that flows behind the library and down along Route 4A.

Kimpton Brook out of its banks.  From the back of the  Wilmot Public Library
Kimpton Brook

Kimpton Brook facing the other way
Cascade Brook as it exits Chase Pond.  Usually at this time of year it is possible to walk across

I'm not going to try to cross this!