Jim Baillie Nature Reserve in Winter: Yellow Trail

We really owe the TFN members who built and maintain the nature trails here a great amount of gratitude!

I have visited the nature reserve many times in spring, summer and autumn but never before in winter. Here are some summer posts:

https://mileshearn.com/2018/07/02/jim-baillie-nature-reserve-early-july-2018-yellow-trail/

https://mileshearn.com/2018/07/04/jim-baillie-nature-reserve-early-july-2018-blue-trail/

https://mileshearn.com/2018/07/04/jim-baillie-nature-reserve-early-july-2018-white-trail/

On December 30, 2018, I hiked every inch of the three trails and here are the photos from the yellow trail, starting with the entrance area:

The largest area here consists of a Red Maple Swamp. A swamp is not nearly as wet as a marsh. Here are some views from the yellow trail:

The eastern end of the trail is at the creek where a few benches have been constructed:

Here is a look at the creek:

and some of the botany on the trail:

Marginal Fern
Red Maple buds (Acer rubrum)
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
tiny bud of Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Ground-hemlock (Taxus canadensis)
Sensitive Fern fertile frond
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
Pileated Woodpecker drumming

Miles Hearn

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