It takes a concentrated effort some days to stop working and go have some fun, but you know what they say about “All work and no play” right? So we’ve been enjoying some hiking in the cooler upland forests of the Catskill Mountains this summer. Here are some of the sights on the trail. The above plant is Moosewood or Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum). A lovely shrubby little tree with crepe like blooms.
Traveling through forests and popping out onto clearings we kept coming across all manner of wonderful things to see. The Thistle plant above we found at the edge of an old field. Although it’s covered in spiny thorns, the thistle is an important source of feed for birds. It also happens to be a terrific source of pure water if one should find themselves in need of a drink and smart enough to not drink from the crik! By peeling back the stem and chewing on the fibrous matter a person can wind up with a mouthful of pure water courtesy of the Thistle. Sure, it’s easier to carry a water bottle, but I happen to like all the lore of plants, including their obscure uses….never know when a survival skill may be needed 😉
The little creeks that flow gave the pup some much needed drink and provided comic relief as he ended up with ‘socks of mud’ in the process. We marvel at the numerous rock walls in this area. That the old timers were farming these steep upland areas is a testament to their utter grit in my opinion. This is not bottom land!
Even with the recent rains, this waterfall is a spit of it’s usual self. Still a charming place to cool off on a hot day though. I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of the beautiful part of the world we call home, the Catskill Mountains. Have a fine day!