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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Down in the bogs...

Yesterday when we got to the gate of Erinan, it was open! A rare occurance since no one uses this old road much anymore. 
I knew there was something going on when we heard the big trucks come rumbling by carrying my beloved moss covered water pipes! Thank goodness I took their photos only a few weeks back..
Too bad...I will miss the mossy things on that part of my walk.
So off Griffin and I went to the other side of the woods and down into the bog by the pond...
That gorgeous yellow plant is called Skunk Cabbage or Swamp Lantern. You may have guessed by its name that it has a pungent aroma. Not too offensive though.
When the weather warms up around here, it is one of the more impressive plants to show off....
Griffin is always so patient while I take photos...always standing guard.
I love how the sunlight shows through its hood of yellow..
...and that striking poker emerging from the center...
This plant loves the moisture and sometimes the leaves get to be 4 or 5 feet tall. This happens a bit later in the season. The native Indians used to use it for all kinds of ailments as well as wrapping salmon in it while baking  in pit ovens.
The view on the ground....
...and up to the sky.
mosses are sprouting up all over this gully...
What a tiny little world it is down here...
...with only snippets of sunlight penetrating through to the forest floor...
...but they who dwell here like it that way.