Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I know, I know, two posts on the same day but they are on totally different subjects. I'll get to 400 faster this way too! This is the woods near Nelson House, not far from Thompson, carpeted in Reindeer Moss. Apparently, when the soil is very poor there is no other undergrowth that can survive. It was a magical spot. We hated to step on it but it was unavoidable. There was also a brighter green moss that looked like tiny stars.
This next picture is of Labrador Tea. It turns a wonderful orange color in the fall and the leaves can be made into tea, as the name suggests. The pink plant beside it is Fireweed.
This picture is a close up of Fireweed. I'm not sure if the name comes from it's resemblance to fire or because it is one of the first things to grow after a forest fire. Either way, it is a beautiful plant. They are all inspiring for a landscape quilt.
Finally, here is a picture of a Lynx that was crossing the road just ahead of us. There were two of them but the first one disappeared into the woods before anyone could get their camera ready. They were quite large, probably the size of a large dog but shaped like a cat. I was not at all tempted to get out of the car and follow them into the bush!