After failing to find any orchids in the kettle bog on the Brent Road, I returned to check out the Arethusa population in Cartier Lake in the Petawawa Research Forest. I found a few, but not many. I think the water level in the lake has been rising over the last several years -- there is a beaver dam on the lake's outlet -- and it is drowning their habitat. Or maybe, I should have been there a week previous.
We visited a kettle bog along the Brent Road associated with the Greenbough Esker. This is a very interesting little wet land unlike any other that we know in the area. We were hoping that we would find some Arethusa bulbosa (Dragon's Mouth or Swamp-pink), but without success. However, we found many other interesting plants and know that there will be other orchids there later in the season.
This wet land comprises at least three separate ponds that we believe at least two to be kettle holes. There are large areas of bog mat, perhaps floating, perhaps grounded, separating the ponds and around the edges. The edges of the mat that we were able to visit by canoe are perhaps more fen-like than bog-like.
We were hoping for something a little more ambitious for our first overnight trip of the season, but Diana's old rotator-cuff injury has recently flared up. So we needed something that was a relatively short paddle away. We wouldn't normally consider camping on Grand Lake, but it's virtually deserted during the bug season, especially during the week. We were originally planning on starting two days earlier, but we postponed on the basis of the weather forecast. In retrospect, that turned out to be a good decision.
It was a good little trip. We had good weather, the bugs were manageable, and although we saw other people out on the lake, no one camped close to us.