Earth Garden IV: Zak Preserve (BRLT)

A photo series from a visit to another Boothbay Region Land Trust property, in Boothbay, Maine: The Zak Preserve (PDF).  It’s the largest of the preserves maintained by the Land Trust, 208 acres including a large open field, a salt marsh, and extensive woods. There are two trails, the 1-mile White Loop partially along Wildcat Creek, and the 1.2-mile Yellow Trail, a one-way to River Road (so 2.4 miles altogether, in and out), for a total of 3.6 miles. There was a notice in the kiosk that the Yellow Trail is temporarily not maintained and travel would be at our own risk. We risked it, and got to within 1/10 mile of River Road when the persistent barking of a dog dissuaded us from going farther.

We were lucky on this trip to see a garter snake on the trail — the weather has not really warmed up yet, so this was a bit of a surprise — as well as a pair of American black ducks in the creek/wetlands. And some ginseng!

Below are some photos from this “garden” spot.

signZakPreserveBoothbayME25May2014

 

 

kiosk at entrance
kiosk at entrance
Wildcat Creek marsh
Wildcat Creek marsh
Eurybia divaricatus (White Wood Aster) ... lots of it in woods along wetlands
Eurybia divaricatus (White Wood Aster) … lots of it in woods along wetlands
bad photo of American black duck pair
bad photo of American black duck pair
Wildcat Creek
Wildcat Creek
dwarf ginseng
dwarf ginseng
feather on trail
feather on trail
crow? feather on trail
crow? feather on trail
trail
trail
one of many interesting bridges
one of many interesting bridges
fern
fern (probably Common polypody – Polypodium virginianum)

 

another fern
another fern
another fern
maybe young Christmas fern
view to creek from woods
view to creek from woods
trail through mossy log
trail through mossy log
garter snake head
garter snake head
whole snake (partially under plant)
whole snake (partially under plant)
another bridge
another bridge
another bridge
another bridge
fungi on mossy log
fungi on mossy log
trail entrance from (or exit to) meadow
trail entrance from (or exit to) meadow

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