Way out in the open water there is a covering of water lilies. The vertical stripes are mostly hard-stem bulrush.
Here is one of the boardwalk sections. We didn't meet a single other person out there today. It was just us and the mosquitoes!
A lot of the sedges are in fruit right now. This is one of my favorites, because it's so showy, Carex intumescens.
And this was a new one to me. Pretty sure it's Carex flava, sometimes called hedgehog grass.
If you want a showy fungus, how about Stacked Hydnum?
And if you prefer something delicate, here is Unicorn Pinkgill.
We hiked about six miles. North Country Trail Miles for 2021 is at 352.
In other news: I am quite a bit poorer, but I have brand new, shiny, very good tires on my car. I went to the store and also did some more cleaning. I'd try to be a little more poetic or literary or something, but I'm tired.
North Country Trail, Lake County, MI. Jenks Road TH to 96th St and back. 6 miles total
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