Friday, November 5, 2010

Manning Park – August long weekend 2010

In real time it is a horrible gray November day….think I’ll finish up this trip to Manning….

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August 1st we decided to do the same walk as we’d done the day before, but to go a little further…first to this marshy area where Ernie had actually spotted a Black Bear cub the evening before…

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No bear cub this day…just Ernie and Shantz

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Lot’s of these Oxeye Daisies…

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and some Yarrow.

From here we headed to the Rein Orchid trail….somewhere we hadn’t walked for quite a few years…

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This is a really short ‘loop’ trail….the Rein Orchids were long over but

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there was lot’s of Pink Wintergreen in flower along the trail…

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Here is a closer look at the flower head of Pink Wintergreen.

Now back to the trail and heading towards the campsite…

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To show we were now in getting into the ‘fruiting’ rather than ‘flowering’ part of the season, these Blue Huckleberries….

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the partially ripe seed heads of False Solomon’s Seal…

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these berries will be bright red when fully ripe….

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These ‘Tway’ berries are fully ripe….

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This bit of ‘nature’s garden’ sports two dainty ‘shrub’s – the creeping ‘Twin Flower’ and the taller ‘Prince’s Pine’

The weather turned hot that afternoon and we spent it sitting in the shade visiting an ‘at home’ neighbour who also happened to be staying in the same campground.

Next day it was time to head home, but not before stopping at Strawberry Flats for a bit of a walk…

again, it wasn’t the most inspiring time of the year…

along the trail

Tiger lilies were in flower along the more open parts of the trail…

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Here is a bit closer look at some of the Tiger lilies

Bull Thistle

Bull Thistles were also in full flower….

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We did actually spot a couple of birds….this female Hairy Woodpecker….

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and this Spruce Grouse….

Mid-summer is definitely not my favorite time of the year and this trip pretty much shows why ~ still it is always nice to get away and see something different.

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