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Laurel Bed Lake


Partridge Berries

Little Blueberries

Fertile Fronds


Blue Eyed Grass

I saw the first Fall leaves yesterday, as we left this special place teeming with life.  They were locust trees--they always have to do things like that.  It was only about three of them, so I am not too worried.  I blame tent caterpillars.  Nonetheless, we had a wonderful time at the lake in the sky.  It was more than ten degrees cooler up there that it was down here in the valley.  There was something to discover at every turn.  The water was full of baby fish and salamanders.  There were the tiny, ankle-high blackberries, and forthcoming strawberries (we have the mock kind in our yard).  The blueberries are shown with my fairly small finger for scale.  Roan got to see the fertile fronds of ferns and we found the twin flowers of our beloved partridgeberry.  Oh, and there was a swimming snake!

We were all a little sad to leave and a bit soaked to the skin.  Willow had packed everyone a change of clothes, so that was soon fixed.  There was gingerbread and lemonade to keep us going until we got home to a supper of leftovers.  I cooked a lot this past weekend and have yet to make a meal!  I'll have to today, though, and I think the crockpot might be in order.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 2nd, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
that last flower!what is it? so gorgeous. My SIL (in finland) always strings blueberries and wild strawberries together on bits of grass. Makes for a great lollipop
Jun. 2nd, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
It's called blue-eyed grass and it's in the Iris family, I learned. We have a little growing in our yard, which always makes me so happy.

I had forgotten about those lollipops! I hope we can do that around Independence Day. :-)
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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