Yesterday’s continuing warm temperatures once again ruled out ski touring. So, on this President’s Day, I chose to enjoy the abundant sunshine while trekking along the trails at the new Anchor-Diamond Park at Hawkwood Estate in the Town of Ballston. This park opened in late autumn 2016 and features several trails meandering through woodlands.
View along Stonewall Trail (blue markers) near far west end of park
View along Stonewall Trail (blue markers) in hemlock grove near center of park
My hike inspired me to once again offer you a winter plant ID quiz. Consider this the “final exam” for this winter! To identify each plant, simply click on “Answer” beneath each image. Have fun!
Please ID the two stems (left to right) in the foreground (not the one with leaves) –
(1) Large stem along left edge of photo: Answer
(2) Smaller stem slightly right of center of photo: Answer
Please ID the plant wrapped around the red twig: Answer
Someone took the time to add this adorable little snow sculpture along the trail today!
Now that the plan ID quiz is completed, I saw two other things that prompted these two extra credit questions (NOT about plants) –
What animal created these holes in the bark of this tree? Answer
What animal created the cavity in this tree? (Please also note wood debris at base of tree.) Answer View a short video of the making of a cavity.