14 May 2015 – Foray to the Pitch Pine Wetland

(Above picture: Beaver dam)

Today, I took a brief foray to the pitch pine wetland area along Lemmon Bridge Road, and took a bunch of pictures (see below). There were quite a few sweet gum tree and Virginia pines, especially in the areas that looked like they had been historically disturbed. Beaver activity was evident as well.  Some trees had been gnawed into and there were two small dams which created a couple of small impoundments. I did not take any pictures of the gravel that had been moved around; those will be taken another time. Many of the trees growing in the wetter areas seemed to be stunted, at least not robust. Interestingly, there were some mountain laurels getting ready to bloom. That is something that you would not expect to see in a wet area like this.

I noticed some Proserpinaca palustris (commonly called Mermaid weed) growing in one of the impoundments.

Click on the thumbnails below for full-sized views.

Pitch Pine in the middle surrounded by other trees

Pitch Pine in the middle, surrounded by other trees

 

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Pitch pine branch with Sweet gum and Red Maple

 

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Red maple sapling

 

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Sweet gum sapling

 

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Hazel alder or smooth alder

 

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Willow oak sapling

 

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Vaccinium sp. fruit. Do you know the species?

 

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Gaylussacia sp, fruit. Do you know the species?

 

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Sphagnum moss hummocks.

 

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Mountain laurel just about ready to bloom

 

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Sphagnum moss close-up

 

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Juncus effusus

 

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Take a guess!

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