The next hike will be on Saturday, 28th July.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week the hike day was again very warm, sunny and dry and a hike that was mainly in the cool forest was a good choice. We drove to First Lake and parked as usual on the gas line by the cathodic protection site. Heading east on the old logging roads the summer flowers, mainly white and yellow daises were abundant in the stretches of open forest. After crossing the Hydro East road the hike route eventually reaches an open area where some replanting with more than the usual number of Red Cedar was done a few years ago. This species which is usually planted in areas of damp soil has proved to be very vigorous in much drier conditions and the some of the saplings were doing very well indeed. The lunch spot was on the edge of a steep hillside where the view south over Malaspina Strait is really quite spectacular and the heat was moderated by a nice breeze.
I try to get photos of any interesting plants we see on our hikes and that's what I'm doing in the photo this week. Thanks Candi.
Wildflower photographer at work!