The next hike will be on Saturday, 29th June.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we drove up to Bell Rd. and south just as far as First Lake. Walking along the old logging roads that head east it was nice to see so many flowering plants putting on a great show of colour even after such a long spell of hot and very dry weather. This route eventually intersects with Hydro East Rd. and heading south and after a while back into the forest again we reached the secluded Horseshoe Lake. This is beaver habitat and an active beaver lodge could be seen out in the lake in front of us as we sat close to the shoreline. A pair of swallows were busy feeding their young inside a dead tree very close to us.
The foxglove that is found all over the island is in full bloom just now and there was one particular spike of flowers caught my eye. Most plants of this non-native species have purple flowers, but there is just a small percentage that have white flowers with curious dark markings on the inside of each flower tube. The pattern of dots and spots seems to be different in every single one!