Dog Frog Bog

Windy ride
By  Nicole Webster

We went off on a adventure a few weeks ago into a bog. Its just past the dump of the North side of the road (left side on your way out of town). It is the leaf shaped clearing on Google Maps:

Credit: D. Macias

Credit: D. Macias

There's no entrance, so a short bush-wack is required. Credit: N. Webster

There’s no entrance, so a short bush-wack is required. Suz leads the ways for Kat, Daniel, Monica and I. Credit: N. Webster

I call it a bog based on Environment Canada’s definition to separate bogs, swamps, fens, and marshes (which I looked up just for you). This wetland was dominated by sphagnum mosses, and is thus a bog.

Not smelly, but wet, and many of us got in deeper than our rubber boots. Credit: N Webster

Not smelly, but wet, and many of us got in deeper than our rubber boots. Credit: N Webster

Other small lovely thing. Credit: N. Webster

Other small lovely thing, a moss of uncertain identity. Credit: N. Webster

Dog in a Bog. Credit: N. Webster

Dog in a Bog. Credit: N. Webster

The promised Frog in a Bog (hopefully not that surprising. This is a Northern Red-legged frog, Rana aurora. Credit: N. Webster

The promised Frog in a Bog (hopefully not that surprising). This is the Northern Red-legged frog, Rana aurora. Credit: N. Webster

The predominant Sphagnum with a lovely (but deadly if you are small and stupid enought) sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) Credit: N. Webster

The predominant Sphagnum with a lovely (but deadly if you are small and stupid enough) sundew, Drosera rotundifolia. Credit: N. Webster

Considering all our rain, it could be very wet now, but it was a great, though not easy short hike, with a totally different feel than temperate rainforest or sandy/rocky coast.

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