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Cartier Lake in the Petawawa Research Forest

2018 June 25

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.

Arethusa bulbosa Dragons Mouth Swamppink
Arethusa bulbosa Dragons Mouth Swamppink
Nuphar sp Waterlily
Sarracenia purpurea Northern Pitcherplant

Arethusa bulbosa bullhead lily Dragon's Mouth Northern Pitcher-plant Nuphar sp. orchid photo set Sarracenia purpurea Swamp-pink Yellow Water-lily

Petawawa Research Forest

Kettle Bog along the Brent Road

2018 June 20

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.

Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen
Day trip to kettle bog fen

botany day trip (canoe) photo set

Brent Road

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

2018 June 15-17

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.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park
Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

photo set trip log

Algonquin Park Grand Lake Rowan Creek

Cartier Lake in the Petawawa Research Forest

2018 June 08

Some photos from a short paddle in Cartier Lake in the Petawawa Research Forest. I was looking for orchids and although I found a few, it was still a little too early in the season.

solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake
solo day trip to Cartier Lake

Andromeda polifolia ssp. glaucophylla Aquilegia canadensis Arethusa bulbosa Bog Rosemary botany Calla palustris day trip (canoe) Dragon's Mouth orchid photo set Swamp-pink Water-arum Wild Calla Wild Columbine

Cartier Creek Petawawa Research Forest

Pink Lady's-slipper

2018 June 03

One of the nice features of our yard is that it has a natural population of Pink Lady's-slippers.

Pink Ladysslippers in front yard
Pink Ladysslippers in our front yard
Pink Ladysslippers in our front yard

botany Cypripedium acaule orchid photo set Pink Lady's-slipper

Point Alexander