We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Monday, July 28, 2014 - Nature
Pleasant weather to start the week, making for nice conditions to be in the woods. The bugs haven’t been so bad in recent days as well. We have been mowing and clearing deadfall off the trails, preparing them for winter. Some trails have already been mowed three times. We are always thinking about winter at Maplelag!
The mountain bike trail is open. (click here for latest mountain bike trail report) No horses and motorized equipment equipment allowed. Thanks!
Top of Suicide Hill
Intersection of Loon Return and Sukkerbusk
Riding on the mountain bike trail
Beautiful July day as seen over a slough near Roy’s Run. July 3rd, 2014.
Sunset from the top of “Pete’s Porkie” on south end of Twin Lakes. July 2nd, 2014.
Submerged deadfall with new life growing from it in a pond with high water. June 27th, 2014
Nice bunch of wild roses along twin lakes ski trail. June 27th, 2014.
A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.
New mountain bike trail work on Maplelag property
Great crop of wild roses this year
Fresh maple seedlings
Lots of intersting lichens and moss in woods right now
Forest tent caterpillar. Just a handful in the woods this year. Not like some years where they are so numerous they strip the leaves of basswood and poplar trees.
First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.
Calm waters on Little Sugarbush. May 26th, 2014.
Spring has sprung!
Rainbow in the mix last nights passing rain shower
Great evening on the lake at sunset looking west
Vibrant colors to the south
Paul and Chaska, the weekend's weddin couple taking in the gorgeous sunset
Hen mallard nesting deep in the woods off the ski trail. May 20th, 2014.
Mallard nest deep in the woods, May 19th, 2014. Note: we stumbled across the nest by accident. Took a quick picture and happy to see the hen return and nesting today.
Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 2014.
Blue Jay enjoying the rare sunny day this week. April 29th, 2014.
As usual, the loons were back as soon as the ice was going off the lake. April 26th, 2014.
Bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush
Ready to take flight!
South end of lake ice covered mid day Thursday
First loon of the year enjoying the open water in the middle as a seagull passes by
Patchy ice segments on north end