A couple of weeks ago, when my friend Sue Pierce and I explored the new Saratoga PLAN property called Glowegee Creek Preserve in Galway, we spent so much time in the northern section, we never made it all the way to the southern trailhead. We were so amazed by the plethora of native wildflowers we'd found at that time, we were eager to see what lay in wait if we entered from the south. So that's where we headed one mostly sunny but cold and blustery day this past week.
Here, Sue makes her way on a well-constructed stone pathway across one of the wetlands that abound in this southern tract.
We had found that the northern section of this preserve consisted of a dry-mesic forest absolutely paved with such lime-loving wildflowers as Blue Cohosh and Squirrel Corn. It was also in that northern section that the trail moved close to the beautiful Glowegee Creek with its picturesque cascading waters. This time, we found a quite different terrain in the southern section, with fewer woodland wildflowers but much more wetland habitat. We had barely entered the preserve from the south when we came upon this lovely pool that was bordered by a limestone ridge.