A few notes and highlights from yesterday’s jaunt through the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness:
Snow on the ground made for a happy dog!
The Snow Dog
Only a single sugar maple tree was covered in this particularly mysterious lichen. What allowed it to grow only here?
The lichen was reminiscent of a cross between sea kelp and oak leaves.
While photographing lichen, the restless snow dog went to work on a beech branch.
Past blowdown and ice storm damage was significant southeast of McKenzie Mountain.
A yellow birch with its shiny, shredded bark made an archway over the trail.
White-footed mouse tracks? Note the dragging tail.
The Placid Lean-to
Inside the lean-to were scores of tiny tracks, perhaps those of a chipmunk.
Wind-sheltered spruce and fir trees were coated with winter wonderland snow.
There was no official sign for McKenzie Mountain at the trail junction . . .
. . . only this engraved tree scar.
But the trail itself was well marked.
We passed beneath a confusing tangle of yellow birch trunks.
An approaching warm front was heralded by a dense, gray, low-lying cloud.
A stitched panorama of the view from the side of McKenzie Mountain.
Scarface Mountain from McKenzie Mountain.