Early in the hike there was mostly mature forest, and farther along the trees were much younger, indicating more recent farming or logging. Near the center of the area we found a newly-forming beaver pond.
|Beaver Pond in Meredith Community Forest|
There are also several nice stands of beech trees. On one tree there are clear claw marks from a bear that climbed the tree to get the beech nuts.
|Bear Claws on a Beech Tree|
Back on Lake Wicwas, the maintenance crew has been busy keeping the trails in good shape. There is a new bridge on the Blue Trail, and the logs placed a few weeks ago (see post on August 25) have now become the base for a foot bridge over the wet area.
|Foot Bridge on the Blue Trail in the Hamlin-Eames-Smyth Conservation Area|
As the fall progresses, the mushrooms continue to flourish; this collection of bright orange fungi is growing on a recently cut tree stump.
I was surprised to find a rib bone on the trail this week as well.
|Rib Bone from a White Tail Deer|
Based on its location, it is undoubtedly from a deer that was killed two winters ago (see 21 January 2012 post).
One of the benefits of the later-rising sun, it that it is easier to witness the sunrise. On a cool morning this week a large mass of ground fog formed over the middle of the lake, and as the rising sun heated the atmosphere, it was quickly dissipating.
The start of another beautiful fall day at Lake Wicwas.