But land we did, and then pushed on in through cedar and hemlock boughs to a mossy, swampy interior where the rare pink Pyrola asarifolia was sure to be blooming by now. Or so I thought. There was lots of this threatened species growing here last summer, when I took this photo of one on June 23, 2010.
Fireweed is a plant I usually think of as growing in masses along Adirondack roadsides and burned-over clearings. It's really a puzzle how just these two plants came to find a home here on this boulder.