Friday, February 27, 2015

Winter Walk: Fort Yargo State Park – Section B To The Dam (Part 4)

February 10th. (Continued from…) I was able to take another walk at Fort Yargo State Park before the bad weather set in again.

I decided to walk from the picnic area at Section B to thedam and back; this walk is about three miles. This walk doesn’t have the variety of wildflowers as my previous walk from the group shelter to the Old Fort but it was another pretty day to enjoy the walk.

By the time I got to the bottom of ‘The Hill,’ the sun had worked its way around to the west so that the beach, which was in the shade when I walked in, was now in the sun. 


Signs of spring. Leaves of Indian Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) leaves pushing their way though the leaf litter. 

Looking across the lake. The deciduous trees in the center of the photo are actually on a small island that is separated from the mainland when the lake is at full pool. A pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) often nests on this island. 

A small patch of Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). There was no sign of new fronds yet. 


Several leaves that I initially thought were Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor) but which lack the longitudinal ribbing characteristic of this orchid. It’ll be interesting if I can figure out what this is in summer. 


The trail continues through deciduous trees before… 

re-entering a grove dominated by pine trees. 

The last shade before… 

heading out into the open to complete the walk. This part of the walk isn’t too bad at this time of year but is very hot in the summer. 

The view of the pedestrian bridge to the parking lot is very welcome at the end of the walk, and… 

particularly so when you’re actually on it at the end of the walk. 

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