The Next Hike

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Next hike.

The next hike will be on Saturday, 18th August.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

On a recent hike to Balanced Rock Lake and the Thompson Road area we explored a line of bluffs on the south side of Mystery Lake.  On one of the bluffs we visited I spotted a lone specimen of the species of juniper that grows in open areas on the higher parts of the island. It was probably a fairly young shrub, but because it had been regularly browsed by deer it was small and very compact in shape.  It looked as if it had been tended by a meticulous japanese gardener so I call it a 'bonsai' juniper. An interesting fact about this species, Juniperus communis, is that it's the most widespread woody shrub in the world.  It's found in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere not only in North America and Europe, but right across Asia to the Pacific.  

A 'bonzai' juniper on a bluff near Mystery Lake. 

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