A Ramble Through a Fen
On Sunday, Dr. M and I visited a local wildlife area, correctly labeled a fen* (as opposed to the fen we went to last summer which was called a bog). There were some signs of life – and we plan to go back each month to see the changes. So you'll probably get to experience the changes too (lucky you!).
Here, we'll head down the boardwalk.
Look – cattails!
And pussy willows! Don't they look like sticks with caterpillars all over them?
And the only splash of color (other than green): marsh marigolds
A "run" slowly flowing through the fen.
Here I am at the top of the observation platform
And Dr. M at the bottom.
Dr. M walking on one of the two sections of the trail that had been submerged.
And now we'll head back out.
A beautiful day!
*Fen: n. A fen is a type of wetland fed by surface water, or groundwater, or both. Fens are characterised by their water chemistry, which is neutral or alkaline. Fens are different from bogs, which are acidic, fed primarily by rainwater (ombrotrophic) and often dominated by Sphagnum mosses. [From Wikipedia]