I was up early this morning to drive out to Butter Pot Provincial Park which is less than a half an hour drive from St. John's. We always speed right by on our way out to see the relatives, but without Wayne along on this trip I finally had time to stop. This is what I found.
Apparently all is closed up by October. A gentleman happened to be parked outside the gate when I arrived and when I asked about going in he told me "Nothing in there, just nature." I don't know who was more perplexed, me or him!
Just a five minute walk from the blocked entry I found access to ski trails, making me glad I had given road walking a try.
|"Bridge" was sturdier than it looked!|
I found a few tiny late blueberries still on the bushes, and some mushy crackerberries (bunchberries) too. But mostly I just enjoyed the rich profusion of reindeer lichen on the forest floor.
|No snow here yet, but it wasn't much above freezing this morning!|
Since no other cars were parked out on the roadside I assume I was alone except for the moose whose hoofprints were plentiful on the trail.
|Pitcher Plant past its bloom time|
I walked about 2 miles total, through the blueberry bushes, up over the root tangles, and around the edges of ponds.
In addition to lichen, the boreal forest is a great place to find fungi. Most were looking pretty beat up, but a few were still looking perky.
|fungi village going down into the ditch|
Even old Pearly Everlasting doesn't look too bad against a splash of red.
Creek beds are seldom dry in Newfoundland, and I got a wet knee when I knelt in the moss and forgot it would be like a wet sponge!
Yes, nothing in there, just nature.