Sunday, May 3, 2009
Trails Day at Moreau Lake State Park
If you take a hike in Moreau Lake State Park, you can thank these folks for making trails safer and easier to follow.
Sunny and cool, a little breezy: a perfect day for working hard in the woods. The gang in the photo above (plus another group off in another part of the park) spent Saturday morning lopping twigs, sawing branches, raking pathways, and clearing fallen logs from the trails in Moreau Lake State Park. This particular group (I helped, too) cleared a new trail that looped down toward a small bay of the lake. The new trail passed by the Black Tupelo tree I fell through the ice trying to visit this spring, and I was able to point it out to a park naturalist, who said he would put some screening around the trunk to protect it from hungry beavers. (Almost all of the others of this species that grow in the park have been destroyed by beavers.)
We worked up a little sweat, spilled a little blood, got a few blisters, picked up a tick or two, but all in all we had a great time working together. And eating together after, when Friends of Moreau Lake, a group of volunteers committed to park improvements, provided a wienie roast for all who pitched in to make the trails safer and easier to travel this summer. Folks from Adirondack Mountain Club and an area mountain bike club participated, too, along with park staff and friends of the park.
I, of course, had my camera along, hoping to spy some wildflowers. Not many blooming in this particular woods, but we found some awesome critters: the biggest grub I have ever seen, a big fat millipede with rosy legs, and a brilliantly colored Six-spotted Tiger Beetle that would not sit still for the picture-taking.
What monster-sized bug is this grub the larva of? Anybody know?
This millipede (?) comes in designer colors. Click on the photo to see all those rosy legs.
The camera cannot do justice to the brilliance of this Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (who kept running out of focus).