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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Clear Springs Again

  This is becoming my "go-to" hike when I'm driving home from the Muskegon area. I had a vendor event this afternoon, and it was just after 5 pm when I reached Montague, which is where this nature preserve is.

Sometimes Carleton Creek is littered with pollen or catkins because it's very slow-moving. But today, the pond was quite lovely.
Carelton Creek pond

I was interested to see what flowers were in bloom. The Canada mayflower, Maianthemum canadense, is opening up everywhere. Canada mayflower

And this preserve has a lot of maple-leaf viburnum, Viburnum acerifolium. Very common, but an attractive native shrub. These buds are not quite open all the way yet, but you can sure see why it is called "maple-leaf." maple leaf viburnum

My personal favorite of the day is wild or false sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis. Although this can be a substitute for the flavoring, it's not the primary source, which comes from a different plant. wild sarsaparilla

The flowers are just opening. They are "fireworks" balls of blossoms beneath the leaves. wild sarsaparilla

Artsy polka-dots on a maple leaf. This is probably caused by a fungus. spots on a maple leaf

And finally, one more reflection in Carelton Creek. The late afternoon light was good for reflections. It was cool and calm in the nature preserve. Even though it's pretty close to the freeway, it feels quiet and peaceful. I was really tired when I started to walk, but felt rejeuvenated when I finished. I think I walked about 3 miles.
Carelton Creek pond

The vendor event went pretty well. I did about average. Can't complain about that!

Montague County, MI, Clear Springs Nature Preserve. 3 miles

See Clear Springs at the End of the Day


Ann said...

That first and last picture are both beautiful

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- I was delighted that the water was clear yesterday