The Wrack

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Posts tagged bog

  • One Day in a Magical Place

    David Morse
    | September 27, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    The enjoyment of simple things can be the most rewarding.

  • A Botanist's Perception of Time

    | June 6, 2013

    A botanist’s perception of time is measured by the coming and going of flowers. We can’t stop it, but we have the ability to rewind it! All it takes is a trip…

    Rhodora blooms in the mossy bogThomas J. Rawinski, botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire, was among the presenters for last week's invasive plant workshop at the reserve. After a day in the auditorium and afield, he mused about his visit and reported on some of what he discovered while here. He was tickled to find lilacs and apples blossoming at the coast, since at his inland locale they had already gone by. And he found a variety of interesting species that don't always draw attention. Tom has kindly permitted us to share his notes and we're pleased to do so (with some light editing).

    Photo: Rhodora in bloom at the edge of the mossy bog.

  • Spring Tale

    | April 25, 2013

    The lunchtime trail walk temptation was strong on Wednesday, so I went to the bog boardwalk to eat in the sun. I had late April optimism about birds and butterflies, but saw few of the former and none of the latter during my half-hour sit.

    Close-up view of springtails on boardwalk planksAfter being settled with a sandwich for several minutes, I happened to glance down at the boardwalk a few planks away and registered a whole lot of movement. In a moment I realized that hundreds — no, thousands — of itty bitty jumping bugs were teeming over the area. A quick check of my food and clothes calmed fears of an infestation, then I gave my full attention to the easily overlooked swarm.

  • Dragon's Mouth in the Bog

    | June 6, 2012

    Arethusa blossomArethusa bulbosaDragon's mouth or swamp-pink — is a perennial herb in the orchid family. In late spring, it can be found blooming in bogs or other swampy areas across much of Canada and the northeastern United States. We're fortunate to have a small population in the bog along the Muskie Trail. The recent construction of a boardwalk through the area is meant in part to help preserve this beauty.

  • Boardwalk completed over Muskie bog

    Wells Reserve Contributor | November 9, 2010

    Volunteers build a boardwalk of the Muskie Trail bogYou all are invited to mosey down to the Muskie Trail and experience the new boardwalk. The welcome result is to protect the fragile bog, halting the trampling by trail users while keeping feet quite a bit drier. This has been a long-desired improvement.