Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Next Hike
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week there were showers in the weather forecast, but they never came our way and we had a very pleasant day for the hike. We droveup Bell Rd to the Hydro East Junction and turned on to the road that passes Masck Farm parking on one of the gravel pits on the right. The route is mostly downhill and partly through some large recent clearcut areas that we noticed had been well covered by many very fast growing Douglas Fir. Taking a less well used side road into some second growth forest we soon arrived at the south end of Dragonfly Lake after passing a beaver pond that always seems to look very attractive, perhaps because it's quite shallow and has areas of lily pads and other aquatic plants. Our lunch spot was the low bluff at the north end of the lake where we disturbed a male and two female bufflehead ducks.
My photo is of a really tiny fern with fresh green new growth growing at the base of a small rock outcrop. This is a fairly uncommon species on Texada but quite easy to identify as it has fronds of two types, one fertile and one sterile with the fertile ones always growing a little taller than the others. This is called Parsley Fern, or Cryptogramma acrostichoides.
Posted by Gillies Bay at 11:54 PM