We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Monday, September 15, 2014 - Nature
Beautiful fall week on tap. Had our first ground frost of the year on Saturday morning with low areas covered in white. Always exciting for us at Maplelag to see the white as winter is soon here. Of course we are looking forward to the beautiful fall colors the next few weeks that are rapidly changing. The cool weather has kickstarted the fall color action with more trees showing color change. Rain from the storm less than a tenth of an inch. Definitely feels like fall this past few days….great weather to be in the woods!
The recent rain has been great for our fall tree planting project where we plant potted and tube trees. In the spring we planted over 5000 seedlings. We have been planting for over 40 years with over 100,000 trees planted on the Maplelag property.
The sunrises and sunsets this time of year are some of the best of the year and we have been treated with some great scenes this week. The woods are lush and green and one of the best times of the year as we begin the transition to fall color. A few trees starting to change color and a handful of leaves making their way to the ground.
We have been mowing and clearing deadfall off the trails, preparing them for winter and working on the mountain bike trail. The trails are in fantastic shape for early September!
The mountain bike trail is open. (click here for latest mountain bike trail report) No horses and motorized equipment equipment allowed. Thanks!
First frost of the year in the Maplelag ice skating rink. September 13th, 2014
With cooler nights, the leaves have slowly started to change color. A handful of leaves already making their way to the ground. September 5th, 2014.
Tube trees ready to be planted. A mix of spruce, tamarack and Norway pine. September 5th, 2014.
Potted pines ready to be planted. September 4th, 2014.
Sunrise over the Goat Ranch road
Beautiful rainbows over an area lake
Sunset over Little Sugurbush
Fog rolling off the lake this morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40′s. August 26th, 2014.
Grassy sections of ski trail in great shape and prepared for upcoming winter months!
Sukkerbusk ski trail
Skinny field mowed multiple times this summer. Used for snow farming for early season!
Colorful mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
Coral like mushroom on the side of the trail. July 31st, 2014.
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