Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
But it was also windy and we wanted some time to work on boat building, so we just did a morning paddle on Round Lake (see last year's post for a map). We did a leisurely explore of the shoreline for a total of about 7 miles.
The water was quite high from all the rain. The water lilies were having trouble keeping their heads above the water and some were completely submerged. We saw this flower that was new to me. It is some sort of bladderwort (Utricularia) in the Lentibularaceae.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
On the way back I noticed a water plant that I didn't remember seeing before, with very small flowers.I used my new "Manual of Vascular Plants" by Gleason and Cronquist and the accompanying "Illustrated Companion" to identify it as Nymphoides cordata in the Menyanthaceae.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The weather was perfect and we had the gorgeous river all to ourselves.
The only disappointing thing was the lack of landing spots. The river channel was quite deep and steep sided so there was little opportunity to land. We did manage to pull up on a couple of mud flats but couldn't get inland. One map we have showed a carry around the rapids and we had hoped to get out there and stretch our legs a bit. But we saw no sign of the trail.
We saw lots of great blue herons and belted kingfishers and a beautiful yellow warbler. The most exciting wildlife sighting was a beaver that swam across the river in front of us then slapped its tail and dove out of sight.
There were many flowers in bloom, most of which we saw last year on our paddle on the lower Osgood River.