Category: Native Trees and Shrubs

Photo of the Day: 5.1.20

After leaving the Gila National Forest, we traveled about 200 miles northeast to a small RV Park just north of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  The retired couple who were camped next to us in Las Cienegas NCA mentioned they volunteer at…

Photo of the Day: 4.30.20

Our last full day in the Gila National Forest, we hiked more of the Continental Divide Trail heading north from the campsite.  It was a steady climb as we headed towards Jack’s Peak. With an elevation of 7,553 feet, the peak is one of…

Photo of the Day: 4.25.20

Mesquite Green Mesquite awakens As the days grow long and hot Painting the land green.   —–Lynn Amber Our time here on the Cienegas is about to end just at the time of year when the mesquite are coming out in leaf and flower.  It’s…

Photo of the Day 4.2.20

Another photo from earlier in the month of March when we were camped in the Mojave Preserve.  I loved how the light was catching the thorns and pads on this Prickly Pear.  It was just glowing!  I understand that the preserve is also closed…

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Between late February and early March, we were mooch-docking at my son Luke’s house in Menlo Park, CA.  We took advantage of being near the California coast to do some exploring. During a conversation with a neighbor’s parents, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve…

The Apache Trail

Since I’m so far behind on my blog posts, I decided to alter my plan and post some more recent adventures interspersed with the earlier travels this winter. I’m so excited about the area we are exploring right now that I cannot wait to…

Wednesday Walkabouts: Acadia

It’s time to start my hiking series and I’ll be posting either on Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s –  titled Tuesday Treks or Wednesday Walkabouts!!  Today was a bright welcome relief after torrential rains yesterday dampened many a spirit including mine.  I had planned on hiking…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 28

The walk around Witch Hole Pond on the carriage road was full of surprises today.  The bog-friendly Rhododendron canadense was in full bloom all around the loop and absolutely wins the prize for outstanding bloom of the day! We also saw many, many painted…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 25

I promise this is the last Moosewood Maple photograph for at least a month!  I have just really enjoyed watching this native tree wake up this spring and put forth it’s unique leaves and flowers.  Due to the crowds that have descended upon Acadia…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 22

The leaves are really popping out on Mount Desert Island now!  Today, I hiked up to The Triad via the Day Mountain, Triad and Hunter’s Brook Trails.  The forest is definitely coming to life now.  The bright green growth of the tender young leaves…