Over the years I’ve posted quite a few paintings of the bog, and here is my newest one in which we are at the open water eye of the bog. You can see the ring of tamaracks, Larix laricina, just starting to turn golden before dropping their needles. To get to this spot you’ve passed through the shrub zone where such goodies as leatherleaf and calla lily grow.
From here we turn the bend in the boardwalk to find things like pitcher plant.
I had a lot of fun with that one, going a bit steampunk at the bottom.
Several species of ferns crowd together here, along with arrowhead and a rose pagonia.
And, finally, out to the open marsh that surrounds the bog.
The marsh doesn’t look like this anymore. Changes due to nearby development have altered the water table, and a severe drought allowed emergent plants to close in. It is now almost entirely cattails which saddens me. The bog itself is fairly inaccessible these days as the beloved boardwalk has nearly rotted away and would cost a staggering amount to replace. I was unable to visit the bog at all this past year and I don’t imagine it will be open again any time soon. My hope is that the bog is thriving without us.