Saturday, October 31, 2020

Winter 2020 - 2021 Naturalist Program Descriptions

Gunflint Lodge Winter Naturalist Programs

2020 - 2021

 

Presentations: Bat, Celestial Legends, Great Lakes Ghost Stories, Ham Lake Fire, Lake Superior Shipwrecks, Life of a Voyageur, Minnesota Ghost Stories, Minnesota Storm History, Northern Lights, Photography, Spider, Underground Railroad.


Music: Celtic Music Show, Christmas Carol Sing Along, Classic Country Music Show, Gunflint Folk Music Show, Old-Time Music Show, Old-Time Gospel Music Show.


Craft Projects: Branch Weaving, Candle Making, Dream Catchers, Introduction to Crocheting, Macramé, Soap Making, Watercolor Craft and Hike, Wreath Making.


Birding: Boreal Birding Hike, Birding Presentation, Ravens and their Relatives Presentation.


Daylight Hikes: Animal Tracking, Geology of the High Cliffs, Geology of Lookout Point, Photography, Wild Edibles, Winter Wilderness Survival Presentation and Hike.


Night Hikes:  Celestial Legends Night Hike, Wolf Howling Night Hike.


Nordic Skiing Excursions: Introduction to Nordic Skiing Lesson, Night Ski.


Activities upon Request: Dragonfly Presentation, Gunflint Lake History Presentation, Sing Along.

Presentations

 

Bats

Did you know that the little brown bat (one of the local species) can eat up to 1,600 mosquitoes per hour? How about that bananas, mangoes, and dates are pollinated by fruit bats? Come learn about these amazing flying mammals in this fascinating new presentation.

 

Celestial Legends

Come learn the legends of the stars and planets. We will cover stories from several cultures, and at the end, go out and see the constellations visible from the Gunflint Nature Center.

 

Great Lakes Ghost Stories

The tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other restless spirits which inhabit the five Great Lakes are told in this spine-chilling activity.

 

Ham Lake Fire

Thirteen years ago, a giant wildfire started at Ham Lake, and spread throughout much of the Gunflint Trail.  Residents were evacuated, and many structures were destroyed.  Over a thousand fire fighters from all over the continent helped fight the fire.  The forest was reborn in an incredible way.  Come to this fascinating presentation and hear what this event was like from one of the firefighters who experienced it.

 

Lake Superior Shipwrecks

Come learn about some of the over 500 shipwrecks in our nearest Great Lake.

 

Life of a Voyageur Presentation

The Voyageurs in the fur trade were like the truck drivers and truck engines of today.  They were the fastest way to get trade goods into the interior, and furs back to Europe.  Come to this activity and learn what the lives of these early adventurers were like well over a century ago.

 

Minnesota Ghost Stories

Did you know that most of the college campuses in Minnesota are reputed to be haunted?  How about that you most likely passed several haunted sites on the way up here.  Learn about these stories and much more at the Minnesota Ghost Stories program.

 

Minnesota Storm History

Minnesotans love to talk about the weather.  We take a certain pride in surviving the worst Mother Nature can throw at us.  In this fascinating program, we will discuss severe weather events from the late 1800s to the present.

 

Northern Lights

Come learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena in our solar system in this presentation about the Aurora Borealis.  We will discuss the mythology and science of the Aurora, as well as reliable resources for future learning and predicting these amazing sights.

 

Photography

Come learn about the basics of photography in this fascinating new presentation.  We will discuss such things as basic composition rules, wildlife and landscape photography, and how to capture the northern lights.

 

Spider

Did you know that spider silk, ounce for ounce, is actually stronger than steel?  How about that it is liquid when inside the spider?  Come to this interesting new program and learn about these very beneficial, yet highly misunderstood forms of life.

 

Underground Railroad Presentation

The Underground Railroad is a major part of the culture of the Great Lakes Region.  The Great Lakes were often the last step to freedom, since Great Britain and her territories became free well before the United States.  Come to this program and learn about the fascinating first civil rights movement through stories and songs.


 

Music

 

Celtic Music Show

Come hear music and poetry from Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Wales.  Many of the instruments of the Celtic Nations will be played, including some things you may not have seen before.  There will also be some Scottish and Irish poetry, and a chance to learn some basic words and phrases in the Irish Gaelic language.

 

Christmas Carol Sing Along

Sing some traditional Christmas carols with John.  Listeners are also welcome.

 

Classic Country Music Show

Enjoy songs from the roots of Country Music.  You will hear Country Gospel, Old Time, Western, Bluegrass, and Honky-tonk played on the guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, and fiddle.

 

 Gunflint Folk Music Show

Come learn about Folk Music through stories and songs performed on the guitar, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, baritone ukulele, and fiddle.  Singing along is allowed, but not required.

 

Old-Time Music Show - New

Old-Time Music is the style used in the first few decades of Country Music.  It is focused on string music and vocals that come straight from the soul. This show will be featuring the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and baritone ukulele with playing and vocals by John the Naturalist.

 

Old-Time Gospel Music Show

This music show is good for the soul.  John will play a nice variety of Gospel Music on a variety of acoustic stringed instruments.


Craft Projects

 

Branch Weaving

Make a unique wall hanging by weaving a design with colorful yarn between two branches.

 

Candle Making

Learn the ancient art of candle making by creating a dip candle using paraffin and soy wax.  Due to the length of time it takes to heat the wax, please sign up at least two hours in advance.

 

Dream Catchers

The dream catchers are an Anishinaabe tradition used to capture bad dreams, while letting the good dreams through the hole in the center.  The bad dreams that are caught in the webbing melt away with the morning dew.  Come to this craft and construct your own dream catcher which will influence your dreams for years.  Kids under age 15 must bring an adult helper.

 

Introduction to Crocheting

Learn a basic crochet stitch and make your own washcloth or potholder.  Kids under age 15 must bring an adult helper.

 

Macramé

Come learn the basic knots of macramé and make your own hanging plant holder.

 

Soap Making

Have you ever wondered how soap is made?  We will be melting the soap base, adding color and scent, and pouring it into a mold to get your very own bar of homemade soap.  We have a wide variety of bases, colors, scents, additives, and molds to choose from in this exciting activity.

 

Watercolor Craft and Hike

Go on a hike to a beautiful place, paint a picture of it in your mind, and return to the Gunflint Nature Center to put your mind’s painting on paper with watercolors.

 

Wreath Making

Come make your own wreath to hang on your door this holiday season.  Participants in this activity work together to clip the branches, clump them together, wire them onto the frames (with our machine), and decorate with ribbons.  Due to the pandemic, only one cabin will be allowed in at a time with a maximum of 6 participants.


 

Birding

 

Boreal Birding Hike

“Jay! Jay! Jay!”  “Yank. Yank. Yank.”  “Chickadee dee dee dee dee.”  These songs come from the blue jay, red-breasted nuthatch, and the black-capped chickadee.  Come on the Boreal Birding Hike to learn about these birds and many more.

 

Birding Presentation

Learn the basics of backyard birding, including field guides, optical equipment, and identification techniques, while viewing some of the common birds of the area.  There will be an optional hike at the end of the presentation.

 

Ravens and their Relatives Presentation

Come learn about one of the smartest of all birds, the northern raven.  We will also learn about some of the raven’s relatives, including: the American crow, Canada jay, and blue jay.


 

Daylight Hikes

 

Animal Tracking

To be an animal tracker is to be a nature detective.  Not only do we look at what kind of animal made the track, we also look at what the animal was doing at the time.  On this hike, we will search for the answers to questions such as; “Why is the bark missing from a part of this tree,” and “Why are these snowshoe hare tracks thirteen-feet apart?”  Learn the answers to these questions as well as many more in this enlightening activity.

 

Geology of the High Cliffs

The High Cliffs were formed underground during a major rifting event several eons ago.  Massive continental glaciers came through during the Great Ice Age, and dug away the softer surrounding rock, leaving gigantic cliffs towering above the landscape.  Learn about these things and much more on this fascinating hike in which we see one of the best geological views in Minnesota.

 

Geology Hike to Lookout Point

This is an easier version of the geology hike listed above in which we travel to Lookout Point and learn about Gunflint Trail and Lake Superior Geology.

 

Photography

During this hike we will focus on how to set up the picture to make it interesting, and we will take some great photos of things near and far.  A camera is not required for this activity.

 

Wild Edibles

Many have asked, “Are there wild edibles in the winter?”  The answer is a resounding “yes.”  Come on this easy hike and learn about how to make pine needle tea, flour from cattails, harvest tree bark, and much more.

 

Winter Wilderness Survival Presentation and Hike

Come learn a basic survival method for surviving unplanned wilderness time.  This important information could save your life someday.


 

Night Hikes

 

Celestial Legends Night Hike

Have you ever heard the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd?”  Did you know that the song acted as a map for escaping slaves who were trying to gain their freedom, or that the drinking gourd is also known as the Big Dipper?  Learn about this, along with other fascinating celestial facts and legends as we take a trek under the stars.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity is challenging.  Be sure to bundle up to stay warm.

 

Wolf Howling Night Hike

Join a Naturalist on a night-time trek through the wilderness as we communicate with one of the most spectacular of all northern animals, the gray wolf.  Along the way, we will learn about the wolf, and why it likes to howl.  This activity can be challenging due to the lower light conditions.  Be sure to bundle up to stay warm.


 

Nordic Skiing Excursions

 

Introduction to Nordic Skiing Lesson

Learn the basics of Nordic Skiing which will get you off to a great start on a lifetime of winter fitness and joy.

 

Night Ski

Our night ski will be around the moderately difficult Little Pine Lit Ski Trail.  If you need to rent skis, please come to the Outfitters well before 3:00 PM.


 

Activities upon Request

 

Talk to a Naturalist well in advance if you are interested in these activities.  If possible, they will try to accommodate you.

 

Dragonfly Presentation

Come learn about the first forms of life to take to the skies on Earth.

 

Gunflint Lake History Presentation

This interesting activity surveys the human history of the area from 10,500 years ago to the present.  We will talk about the various indigenous tribes, the fur trade, the mining and railroads, the logging, and the resort history of Gunflint Lake.

 

Sing Along

Join John for a good, old-fashioned sing along.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Summer 2020 Program Descriptions

We are at a challenging point in our history with this COVID-19 pandemic.  Many generations will look back at this time and learn from what happened.  We are having to rethink our daily habits and activities.  That is true for the Gunflint Lodge Naturalist Program.  


These are some of our changes:



·      All activities will meet outside if the weather permits.  In the case of inclement conditions, we will be inside with social distancing in place.



·      To keep our guests and staff safe, we will be limiting activities to no more than 9 participants.  To track the numbers, we need you to sign up for the activities with guest services in advance.



·      If you are at all sick, we ask that you do not come to the activities.



·        We require that you bring a mask to all activities.  They must be worn throughout any craft or indoor activity.  If you need assistance getting in or out of a canoe or kayak, you will be required to wear a mask at that time as well.  Masks must also be worn if you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from other non-family participants in any activity.



·      In all activities, you should stay at least 6 feet from any other non-family participants or staff.



·      Many of our crafts have to be temporarily suspended due to the germ spread associated with sharing of equipment.  Candle Making, Dream Catchers, Watercolor Craft and Hike, and Soap making will still be offered, albeit in modified forms.



·      Regular music performances, presentations, hikes, and paddles will still be offered.



·      All pontoon activities will be for a fee.  We have a brand-new pontoon on which the lodge will be offering a wide variety of new and existing cruises (see guest services for details).  Bridal Falls, Wildfire Ecology, and Gunflint Lake History Cruises will be on a request basis and will be limited to small family groups.


·      We will continue to monitor the C.D.C. Guidelines and modify our activities so you will have a safe and fun time.



Spring/Summer/Autumn Naturalist Programs

Presentations: Bats, Great Lakes Ghost Stories, Gunflint Lake History, Ham Lake Fire, Lake Superior Shipwrecks, Life of a Voyageur, Minnesota Ghost Stories, Minnesota Storm History, Northern Lights, Sensational Snakes, Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Underground Railroad.

Music: Celtic Music Show, Classic Country Music Show, Gunflint Folk Music Show, Old-Time Music Show, Old-Time Gospel Music Show, Sing Along.

Craft Projects: Branch Weaving, Candle Making, Dream Catchers, Soap Making, Watercolor Craft and Hike.

Birding: Boreal Birding Hike, Birding Canoe Paddle, Bird Migration Hike, Birding Presentation and Hike, Eagle Canoe Paddle, Loon Kayak Paddle.

Kids Only Activities: Picnic in the Woods, Scavenger Hunt, Supper and a Story.

Hikes: Animal Tracking, Berry Picking, Dragonfly Walk and Talk, Geology of the High Cliffs, Geology Hike to Lookout Point, Medicinal Plants, Photography, Spider Walk and Talk, Wetland Walk and Talk, Wild Edibles, Wildflower, Wolf Howling.

Paddling Excursions: Fire and Ice Geology Kayak Paddle, Sunset Canoe Paddle, Wildfire Ecology Canoe Paddle.
Activities upon Request: Boat Trip and Hike to Bridal Falls, Introduction to Canoeing, Gunflint Lake History Pontoon Cruise, Introduction to Kayaking, Musical Jam Session, Wildfire Ecology Pontoon Cruise.



Presentations


Bats
Did you know that the little brown bat (one of the local species) can eat up to 1,600 mosquitoes per hour?  Come learn about these amazing flying mammals in this fascinating new presentation.

Great Lakes Ghost Stories
The tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other restless spirits which inhabit the five Great Lakes are told in this spine-chilling activity.

Gunflint Lake History
Come learn about the human history of this amazing place.  We will discuss the early native tribes, Voyageurs, mining, logging, and tourism that has defined Gunflint Lake for many generations.

Ham Lake Fire
In 2007, a giant wildfire started at Ham Lake, and spread throughout much of the Gunflint Trail.  Residents were evacuated, and many structures were destroyed.  Over a thousand fire fighters from all over the continent helped fight the fire.  The forest was reborn in an incredible way.  Come to this fascinating presentation and hear what this event was like from one of the firefighters who experienced it.

Lake Superior Shipwrecks
Come learn about some of the 500+ shipwrecks in our nearest Great Lake.

Life of a Voyageur
Did you know that the international border is based off of the old Voyageur’s route?  Come learn about the history of these adventurers who traveled these waters over 200 years ago.

Minnesota Ghost Stories
Did you know that most of the college campuses in Minnesota are reputed to be haunted?  How about that you most likely passed several haunted sites on the way up here.  Learn about these stories and much more at the Minnesota Ghost Stories program.

Minnesota Storm History
Minnesotans love to talk about the weather.  We take a certain pride in surviving the worst Mother Nature can throw at us.  In this fascinating program, we will discuss the severe weather from the late 1800s to the present.

Northern Lights
Come learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena around the world in this fascinating presentation about the Aurora Borealis.

 Sensational Snakes
Join John and his reptilian companion to learn about the ecology, biology, and mythology surrounding these fascinating, yet very misunderstood creatures.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
Did you know that there are thousands of shipwrecks on the bottom of the Great Lakes?  You actually passed several of the wreck sites on your way up here.  In this program we go over a variety of wrecks from all of the Great Lakes, covering everything from the 60-foot Griffon to the 729-foot Edmund Fitzgerald.

Underground Railroad Presentation
The Underground Railroad is a major part of the culture of the Great Lakes Region.  The Great Lakes were often the last step to freedom, since Great Britain and her territories became free well before the United States.  Come to this program and learn about the fascinating first civil rights movement through stories and songs.


Music


Celtic Music Show
Come hear music and poetry from Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Wales.  Many of the instruments of the Celtic Nations will be played, including some things you may not have seen before.  

Classic Country Music Show
Enjoy songs from the roots of Country Music.  You will hear Country Gospel, Old Time, Western, Bluegrass, and Honky-tonk played on the guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, and fiddle.

Gunflint Folk Music Show
Come learn about Folk Music through stories and songs performed on the guitar, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle.  Singing along is allowed, but not required.

Old-Time Music Show - New

This fascination and invigorating new show is an exploration of the first decades Country Music.  The main instrument in this performance is the fiddle, but you may also hear the mountain dulcimer, banjo, guitar, tin whistle, mandolin, and baritone ukulele.  


Old-Time Gospel Music Show
This music show is good for the soul.  John will play and sing a nice variety of Gospel Music on the mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo.

Sing Along
Join John the naturalist for a good, old-fashioned sing along.


Craft Projects


*All Craft Projects will take place outside if the weather permits.
*Masks are required at all crafts.

Branch Weaving

Make a beautiful wall hanging by weaving a colorful yarn pattern between two forks of a branch.


Candle Making
Learn the ancient art of candle making by creating a dip candle.  Due to the length of time it takes to heat the wax, please sign up at least two hours in advance.

Dream Catchers
The dream catchers are an Anishinaabe device used to capture bad dreams, while letting the good dreams through the hole in the center.  The bad dreams that are caught in the webbing melt away with the morning dew.  Come to this craft and construct your own dream catcher which will influence your dreams for years.  Kids under age 15, please bring an adult helper.  Helpers, please sign up as well so we may follow C.D.C. Guidelines with respect to group size.

Soap Making
Have you ever wondered how soap is made?  We will be melting the soap base, adding color and scent, and pouring it into a mold to get your very own bar of homemade soap.  We have a wide variety of bases, colors, scents, additives, and molds to choose from in this exciting activity.

Watercolor Craft and Hike

Talk an easy hike to a beautiful overlook, and make your own watercolor creation.



 Birding


Boreal Birding Hike
“Oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.”  “Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for you all?”  “Chickadee dee dee dee dee.”  These songs come from the white-throated sparrow, the barred owl, and the black-capped chickadee.  Come on the Boreal Birding hike to learn about these birds and many more.

Birding Canoe Paddle
In this fun and informative paddle, we will learn about birds while searching for such species as the common loon, red-necked grebe, American black duck, common merganser, and much more.  This activity will be moderately challenging.

Bird Migration Hike
Spring and fall are the times to witness some of nature’s greatest journeys; the migrations of the birds.  Birding during migration is very exciting because you never know what you are going to see.  Some birds are migrating from the Gunflint Trail, others are migrating to it, and there are also avifauna that are just coming through this beautiful region. Come on this fun hike, see some amazing birds, and learn about one of the greatest adventures on Earth.

Birding Presentation and Hike
Learn the basics of backyard birding, including; field guides, optical equipment, and identification techniques, while viewing some of the common birds of the area.  There will be an optional hike at the end of the presentation.

Eagle Canoe Paddle
Come learn about our national bird while taking a scenic paddle.

Loon Kayak Paddle
There are several pairs of loons who nest on Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes.  Learn some interesting facts about our state bird while paddling among them.


Kid’s Only Activities


Picnic in the Woods

Join a naturalist for a fun, educational hike to a great picnic spot.  Enjoy a wonderful lunch in a spectacular place.  Let one of the naturalists know if you have any dietary restrictions.  Ages 5+

 

Scavenger Hunt

Learn about plants, rocks, geology, and more on this fun activity.  When we are halfway through the hike, it will be your turn to find the items on the list.  Prizes will be awarded when we get back to the Gunflint Nature Center.  You must be able to read (or have a helper with you who can read) to participate in this activity.  Ages 6+

 

Supper and a Story

The participants of this activity will get to pick a story and eat dinner while listening to it.  If you have any food allergies, let a naturalist know in advance.  Ages 5+



Hikes


Animal Tracking
To be an animal tracker is to be a nature detective.  Not only do we look at what kind of animal made the track, we also look at what the animal was doing at the time.  On this hike, we will search for the answers to questions such as; “Why is the bark missing from a part of this tree,” and “Why are these snowshoe hare tracks thirteen-feet apart?”  Learn the answers to these questions as well as many more in this enlightening activity.

Berry Picking
Strawberries, dewberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries, blueberries, and thimbleberries.  When your mouth stops watering, come sign-up for this fun and delicious hike.

Dragonfly Walk and Talk

Hike to Lonely Lake and learn about the oldest type of flying animal, the dragonfly, which has been gracing the skies of this planet for 300,000,000 years!


Geology of the High Cliffs
The High Cliffs were formed underground during a major rifting event over an eon ago.  Massive continental glaciers came through during the Great Ice Age, and dug away the softer surrounding rock, leaving gigantic cliffs towering above the landscape.  Learn about these things and much more on this fascinating hike in which we see one of the best geological views in Minnesota.

Geology Hike to Lookout Point
This is an easier version of the geology hike listed above in which we travel to Lookout Point and learn about Gunflint Trail and Lake Superior Geology.

Medicinal Plants
Learn about the plethora of plants with medicinal qualities on the Gunflint Trail.

Photography
During this hike we will focus on how to set up the picture to make it interesting, and we will take some great photos of things near and far.  A camera is not required for this activity.

Spider Walk and Talk

Enjoy a fascinating presentation about spiders and take a short walk to look for evidence of these incredibly beneficial arachnids.


Wetland Walk and Talk

Come learn about the various types of wetlands in a fascinating presentation.  Then hike through two different wetlands to see this beautiful and mysterious type of ecosystem.


Wild Edibles
A lot of wonderful wild edibles come out throughout the spring, summer, and autumn.  Learn about edible bark, cattails, ferns in their fiddlehead stage, berries, Labrador tea, and much more in this fun activity.

Wildflower
Come learn about the beautiful wildflowers of the area.

Wolf Howling Night Hike
Join a naturalist on a night-time trek through the wilderness as we communicate with one of the most spectacular of all northern animals, the gray wolf.  Along the way, we will learn about the wolf, and why it likes to howl.  This activity can be challenging due to the lower light conditions.


Paddling Excursions


*For safety, each kid under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
*All paddling activities are moderate to challenging.
*See Birding Activities (above) for more ways to paddle!
*A mask is required for loading and unloading canoes and kayaks during an activity.

Fire and Ice Geology Paddle
There are several fascinating Precambrian geological formations within easy paddling distance of the lodge.  Join one of our naturalists to gain a new appreciation of extremely ancient history.

Sunset Canoe Paddle
Come view the sunset on Gunflint Lake from the beautiful vantage point of one of our canoes.

Wildfire Ecology Canoe Paddle (New)
Come learn what happens during a fire, how our fire dependent ecosystem reacts to the fire, and a local fire history in this fascinating new paddling activity.


Activities upon Request


Talk to a Naturalist well in advance if you are interested in these activities.  If possible, they will try to accommodate you.

Introduction to Canoeing
This is an introduction to the basics of canoeing in which you will learn the Forward, J, Draw, and Sweep strokes.  You will practice these things on the dock and then put your new knowledge to use out on Gunflint Lake.  

Boat Trip and Hike to Bridal Falls
Take a relaxing excursion aboard our pontoon boat on the six-mile journey to Bridal Falls.  The short .6-mile hike into the falls is full of unique plants such as jack-in –the –pulpit, coral fungus, and nodding trillium.  The falls themselves come down on massive amounts of shattered slate, and head towards the lake in a roaring creek.  This hike is of moderate difficulty, and you may get your feet wet.  Dress in multiple layers of clothing as the pontoon ride may be cool, even if it feels warm on the dock. This activity is for small family groups only, and there will be an additional fee.

Gunflint Lake History Cruise
Did you know that there used to be two towns, and two railroads on the shores of Gunflint Lake?  How about the fact that there used to be a railroad trestle over the Gunflint Narrows, with customs on either side?  Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard our pontoon boat and learn about the incredible history of this beautiful place. This activity is for small family groups only, and there will be an additional fee.

Introduction to Kayaking
This introduction to kayaking includes the basic paddling strokes, proper entry and exit techniques, and more.

Musical Jam Session
Bring your instruments and your voices to the Gunflint Nature Center for a good, old fashioned hootenanny.  The musical selections will depend on who is present, and we will take turns leading the songs if you are interested in doing so.  Otherwise, you can just join in on other people’s songs.

Wildfire Ecology Cruise
In 2007, a wildfire bigger than any ever seen on the Gunflint Trail burned over much of the Gunflint Corridor, and well into Canada.  Fire is the natural way a forest regenerates itself.  While being an ending for some plants, it signals the birth of many others.  Come on this fascinating cruise and learn about both wildfire ecology as well as local fire history.  This activity is for small family groups only, and there will be an additional fee.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Photography Hike

I went on a wonderful Photography Hike this week to Lookout Point.  This time, I focused on the trees.

I decided to take most of my pictures using manual focus instead of the usual autofocus.  Much to my delight, I found that I could photograph things that would not have come into focus using the automatic settings.  One of the best examples below is the picture of the blue jay.  The autofocus would have zoned in on the branches in the foreground instead of the bird.

Sometimes, you get a pleasant surprise when you look at a picture on a larger screen.  One of the pictures below has a face in it.  Can you guess which one?  I'll put the answer on the bottom of the article.

Pin Cherry

Quaking Aspen

Spruce

Balsam Fir and Bracken Fern

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Quaking Aspen

Paper Birch

White Pine with Lichen

Leafy Willow Gall

White Cedar

Lichen

Fruticose and Foliose Lichens

Lichen-covered Tree
Lichen-covered Tree


Birch Tree
























Answer: Quaking Aspen.