Everything is blooming and growing and buzzing this time of year! Many flowers are already done, many flowers have yet to bloom. The mosquitoes are thick, and dragonflies are chasing them. Signs of insects feeding abound. It is an exciting time to be in the woods.




Created by: CNHM
Distance: 1.4 mi
Ascent: 38 ft
Date: 06/24/2016
Duration: 96 min
Descent: 774 ft
Difficulty: Beginner


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Points of Interest

orange hawk weed
This non-native flower is all over in distubed areas. Beautiful, but non-native.
common milkweed
Common milkweed is almost ready to bloom. Make sure to check the leaves for monarch butterly caterpillars!
green fly on milkweed
Green is the official color of summer!
yellow hawk weed
This non-native flower is all over in distubed areas. Beautiful, but non-native.
hole in oak leaf
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
net-veined oak leaf
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
leaves with spots
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
insect galls on hazel leaf
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
leaves with holes
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
inrolled leaf
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere! There is probably an insect of some sort inside that rolled leaf!
galls on leaf
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
bunchberry flower
These beautiful white flowers are in the dogwood family. Not even they can escape the hungry bugs! The true flowers are actually the tiny black things in the center, the white things are really sepals.
The forest is a sea of green
The forest is a sea of green
The white flowers have given way to green stars of seed capsules!
Canada mayflower
Tiny white flowers turn into pale fruits that eventually will ripen to bright red.
common speedwell
This non-native flower has low creeping stems that have been green for months. Now its tiny lavendar flowers also grace the forest floor.
maple leaf with fungus
Green plants must share their energy with a wide variety of insects, fungi, bacteria, animals, and more!
leatherwood leaf with hole
This hole was once a yellow spot caused by the parasitic leaf fungus: Aecidium hydnoideum.
leatherwood leaf fungus
This crazy, alien goo is the parasitic leaf fungus: Aecidium hydnoideum.
Leatherleaf with yellow spot
This yellow spot is likely caused by the parasitic leaf fungus: Aecidium hydnoideum.
columbine seed capsules
The beautiful red and yellow flowers of columbine are already past, and the seeds haven't fully ripened yet.
honeysuckle berries
The bright red berries of our native honeysuckle really brighten up the forest.
leaf miner tracks on a goldenrod
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
leaf galls
Hot pink leaf galls house baby insects of some sort.
maple-leaved viburnum
These beautiful flowers feed a myriad of insects!
Soon these little buds will bloom into lovely flowers!
This red berry is leftover from last year! The new flowers haven't even bloomed yet!
deer track
A muddy spot in the trail records the travels of animals.
wood anemone
The beautiful white flowers of early spring have turned into green seed capsules. Once ripe, they will be dispersed by ants!
red-eyed vireo
This handsome fella was scolding me loudly. I'm pretty sure they have a nest nearby!
This evergreen plant has fresh leaves. It does not, however, look like it has any signs of blooming. It may not be getting enough energy in the deep shade.
witch's butter
This yellow jelly fungus is fun to poke!
oak fern
These tiny ferns look elegant at the base of a mossy stump.
fringed polygala seed pods
A month ago this plant has bright pink flowers. Now all that's left is the ripening seed pods and deep green leaves.
goldthread seed pods
The tiny white flowers of goldthread bloomed much earlier, but the seed pods still remain.
Even though the flowers are gone, goldthread leaves are cheerful and green.
bush honeysuckle
This cousin to fly honeysuckle blooms later in the summer.
cinnamon fern
This elegant fern likes to keep its feet wet near the bog. The brown stalk is a modified leaf containing its spores for reproduction.
Lincoln's Sparrow
We heard this gent singing in May, and now he's scolding me like I'm in his territory!
pitcher plant flower
Although this may look like the entire flower, its delicate, maroon petals have already dropped.
spider web
Spiders abound in the bog.
As our only deciduous conifer, tamarack has the most delicate little needles that it grows anew every spring.
This unique little plant is neither a grass nor a sedge. It is in its own family!
Cranberry was named because the swept-back petals of its flowers reminded someone of a crane's head.
sundew and its catch
This poor damselfly is truly in distress! Each little tentacle on the sundew has either sticky dew or digestive juices on its tip. The plant can eat insects to get nitrogen.
Calico Pennant
Dragonflies take advantage of the space and insects in the bog.
Most of the year we just see the tough, drab green leave of aptly-named leatherleaf. For a short time in the spring its new leaves are bright and flexible!
thre-leaved Solomon's seal
This beautiful little bog flower is going to seed.
pink lady slipper orchid
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bog board walk
The sunny open area provides a great view and relief from mosquitoes.
Labrador tea
The white flowers have turned to a cluster of seeds.
swamp laurel
Pink flowers turned to red fruits.
neon spots
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
Even the sturdy leaves of wintergreen need to be renewed once a year. The new growth has hints of red that act as sunscreen.
false Solomon's seal
I missed the raceme of white flowers, but these berries will soon turn a lovely red.
This lovely purple flower is non-native, but does actually have some medicinal uses.
These piles of leave skeletons on the path are the result of the nighttime feeding activities of earthworms. While worms are great in your garden, they actually decompose leaf litter on the forest floor too quickly for the native plants than need it to survive and reproduce.
pollinator in action
This tiny bee is doing an important job!
Who's hiding behind that leaf?
Prairie blazing star
Just wait until these flower bloom!
chokecherry tree
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
nibbled chokecherry
Signs of insects feeding are everywhere!
red maple
This young red maple keeps putting out new leaves. The new growth is red due to anthocyanins which act as sunscreen to protect the leaves until photosynthesis is fully up and running.
white pine new growth
The shoots are elongating! The trees are getting taller!
Once these berries turn deep purple, they will be tasty!
chokecherry with lots of cherries!
These were once beautiful white flowers. They will turn red, then black as they ripen.
blackberry flower
I can't wait until these ripen!
birch leaves
The forest is deep green and fully leafed-out.
white clover
This non-native plant carpets the parking area and provides a great food source for bees.
The trailhead is green, dry, and freshly mowed!