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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hike at Orchard Beach State Park

Today was the monthly hike for the Spirit of the Woods trail club. There were just three of us and four dogs! We hiked the Nature Loop at Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee. This was our choice because we wanted a place where hunting is not allowed. You can see that we are being pretty careful to be visible anyway.

hikers during hunting season

This is a place I've featured often, because it's where the wonderful tulip tree is found. And you aren't going to get out of seeing it this time. All the leaves are gone, revealing the opened seed pods decorating the upper half.

tulip tree seed pods

There weren't any botanical surprises today... you'll have to settle for the beauty of familiar things. This is some shelf fungus on a dead beech tree.

shelf fungus

Finally, another familiar plant, but I'm not sure I've shown it before. This is northern ground pine. It's a lycopodium (club moss). The taxonomy for this family is in complete chaos. DNA testing has thrown everything on its head, but these plants were always confusing anyway. So, this one is currently Diphasiastrum complanatum. It may stay put, because it's one of the most common. It looks like little Christmas Trees... a timely plant.

northern ground pine

Loren took a few tulip seed pods home to decorate a wreath. I took pictures. Ellen took memories of another good hike.

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sir rob said...

Those 2 other dogs are lab?

rainfield61 said...

Loren took a few tulip seed pods home to decorate a wreath. I took pictures. Ellen took memories of another good hike.

And the forth picked up your footprints.

Secondary Roads said...

A nice hike on a beautiful day.

Don't unplug your hub said...

Do you think those high visibility jackets might frighten the wildlife away?

Ann said...

Loren's seed pods for her wreath intrigued me. There I go again with getting more ideas for projects. will the madness never

Duxbury Ramblers said...

A good walk with plenty to see.

Lin said...

How fun! It's nice that you are always on some adventure. :)

betchai said...

love those fungus, glad you have some place to hike in the middle of hunting season, take care,

Sharkbytes said...

borris- yes they are yellow labs (both a little bit overweight)

rainfield- good sleuthing, that

Chuck- it was all of that! Even an "ordinary" hike is awesome

John- well, deer are color blind, and so are dog things, like foxes or coyotes. Birds can see color, so maybe we could have startled a turkey, but we didn't see any.

Ann- I think they will look beautiful on a wreath

Carol- wouldn't we have fun walking together some day!

betchai- there are several places in the area that are closed to hunters.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Very great photos!!

RNSANE said...

I know you enjoyed the hike with your friends and Maggie must have loved being with other dogs. Good thing you guys always suit up to warn the hunters that you aren't deer, though you are dear!

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