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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

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Looking towards the most easily accessible kettle pond.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Kalmia angustifolia, Sheep-laurel (Pretty sure it is sheep laurel rather than bog laurel but not 100% sure.)

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Sarracenia sp., Pitcher-plant

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Sarracenia sp., Pitcher-plant

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Pitcher plant leaves with bug -- or is it a feature?

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

We're now into the kettle pond.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Iris versicolor, Blueflag (only a few and only right at the edge of the bog mat).

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Iris versicolor, Blueflag (with dragopn fly).

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Vaccinium oxycoccos, Small Cranberry (these were very common).

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

The bog mat, sphagnum lawn, with pitcher plants. The white "blobs" in the middle distance are cotton grass.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Looking over the bog mat towards another (largely inaccessible) pond. We don't know whether the intervening mat is floating or not or whether we're dealing with one kettle hole or two.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Mineral land close to one edge of the pond. The vegetation is a little different along this edge.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Sphagnum

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Sphagnum

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Sphagnum lawn.

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Ledum groenlandicum, Common Labrador Tea. There were only a few examples of this and only in one area (in bloom, at least).

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-20 - explore

Calla palustris, Water-arum, Wild Calla (again, only a few examples and only in one location).

Day trip to kettle bog fen

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-20 - explore

Drosera intermedia, Spoon-leaved Sundew

botany day trip (canoe)

Brent Road