INTO THE BANGOR CITY FOREST

From the parking lot, we climbed up a hill to go to the forest. The scene below was a welcome sight and promised a great time for adventure and exploration.

in early June, my husband and I had the chance to explore the Rolland F.  Perry City Forest, a.k.a. Bangor City Forest.  It is tucked right in the city of Bangor, Maine.  According to the City Website – 

“Rolland F. Perry City Forest encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest in Bangor, Maine, and features more than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and open throughout the year.”

In the forest , one can follow the narrower and rougher trails that were named after some forest animals. I honestly thought that if I followed the Moose Trail, I would see a moose, or a deer in the deer trail, or, in a grouse, in a grouse trail. Silly me. The only wild animal I saw was a skittering chipmunk under some evergreens.

My husband hails from Maine but has not heard of this place until we looked for a place to belatedly celebrate our wedding anniversary.

The forest is mostly evergreens. Maine is the Pine State after all. I am just amazed that the trees seemed to have been planted in lines and rows, instead of randomly growing in the woods. Also, the canopy was so thick that the sun hardly reached the forest floor. Because of the lack of light, the floor did not have much growth on it.

I was surprised and not too surprised.

It rained a lot during the days prior to our visit. The swamps were full and dark and buzzing with mosquitoes.

Outside of the bigger cities,  Maine is wild and forested.  In fact, our Maine family home was built in a place that was carved out of the woods.  Everywhere I looked, I would see nothing but woods.  And that may be why my deary husband did not find the need to go looking for woods elsewhere.

The City Forest is a working forest. This sign provides logging instructions.

On my part, I never expected to see a forest in the city.  I just took it for granted that Bangor would naturally have plenty of trees because that is just the way all of Maine is.  I guess I can say that the City Forest is hidden in plain sight.

Like any northeast woods, the forest had plenty of wildflowers, like the bunchberries in the picture, starflowers, lady slippers, among others.

We spent hours walking around this place (and the Orono Boardwalk nearby which will be the subject of a future separate post).  Because we visited during a working day during working hours, not too many people were around.  But there were a some mothers and children, and families who took advantage of the first sunny day in a week of rains.

One could take a walking break on one of the benches tucked on the sides of the trails.

We had so much fun walking (like a young couple), the sun was already setting when we headed out.  What lucky Bangor people to have this kind of place right on their doorstep.

When one gets tired of the rough trails, one can always use the dirt roads that go around the woods. I do not think it would be as much fun though.

 

DUTCH GOES THE PHOTO’S Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods

DAILY POST:  Hidden

MUSHROOMS IN BORDERLAND STATE PARK

Are these mushrooms of the same variety? The photos of mushrooms on the top left and bottom right are from the same mushroom, while the mushrooms pictures on the top right and bottom left are from the same mushrooms.

My main dilemma when I walk in the woods is deciding where to look: up, down, all around?  On our recent trek to Borderland State Park on Friday, a red mushroom along the path caught my eye.

Oh! A quick Google search indicated that these two mushrooms are different kinds. The mushroom on the top right could be a Russula. The top left and bottom right photos are from the same mushroom while the bottom left photo is of a mushroom nearby. I suppose they are about the same specimen..

On the other side of the path, another variety was in full bloom.  It was then that I decided to focus on mushrooms (more or less) during that walk.

 

Again, I assumed that these mushrooms are of the same kind. The big photo and the bottom left photo belong to the same mushrooms. The bottom middle picture was a photo of a different mushroom, while the photos on the top right and middle right are of mushrooms in another cluster. I grouped these photos together because they all have the warts on the cap. I figured that the mushroom at center bottom is the baby version of the others.

After all, there had been a lot of rain in the previous days, the ground was in fact quite damp during our walk, and it was humid – just the perfect conditions for mushrooms to shoot out.

 

This looks like a yellow mushroom. However, it also has some growths on the cap. Considering that the cap is not fully opened yet, this must be a relatively young mushroom. I thought the way it was opening looked like the fume mushroom in Plants Vs. Zombies. 🙂

While I was not a mycologist, and could not identify the edible from the non-edible, even toxic varieties, I was certainly beside myself with excitement to see the park and the undergrowth loaded with mushrooms of different kinds.  I was fairly sure, however, that the colorful ones were not good for eating.

 

This mushroom was growing on an open area. It looked like a white spiky ball lying close to the ground. Could this be a Gem-studded Puffball?

For this post, I tried to group together mushrooms that look alike to me.  Feel free to give me a feedback about the correctness of the grouping.  Descriptions (and even identification, Google permitting) of the mushrooms as I have observed them in the wild were also provided in the captions.

These are very tiny mushrooms with waxy caps and growing on a decaying log.

Unfortunately,  because  I was  taking pictures as fast as I could so that my family would not leave me behind and because I did not photograph the bottom of the mushrooms, I could not provide a better description of the species posted here.

I saw and took pictures of many other mushroom variety.  However, they did not turn out well.  And I am sure there were many other types that I saw but did not think of as mushrooms, and many more in the deep woods.

This was brownish white and the cap was about 2.5 inches in diameter. This was the biggest and thickest mushroom that I found.

I hope you enjoyed this mushroom gallery. Please feel free to identify the varieties you find here. Thank you.

At about 3 inches tall, this variety of mushroom was by far the tallest among those that I found in the woods. It had waxy, wet-looking, olive brown cap which was about the size of a quarter.

Daily Post:  Edible

WPC:  Collage 2

 

ROSES

There is no rose that I do not like. However, this red, red rose, Velvet Fragrance, is one of my absolute favorites. Its flowers are not only big and luscious and deeply red, they are also very fragrant. Besides, they bloom well in the rather harsh environment that is our garden. The stems are on the thorny side, and the thorns are big, but Velvet Fragrance is a gorgeous rose and could be forgiven for all the blood it draws from me when I tend the plants.
This lovely rose is Westerland Rose. Under ideal circumstances, this rose should be climbing and cascading on the trellis. Our garden, with its clayish soil, however, is hardly ideal for growing roses. Yet, that did not stop this plant from yielding clusters upon clusters of salmon flowers come spring time. The flowers are also mildly fragrant.

 

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