Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Drive on Wheeler Mountain Road

Trail sign near Wheeler Pond
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 In June, I took John down Wheeler Mountain Road from Barton to Westmore. There is a lot to see there and there are a lot of trails that begin there. The week following this drive, John began a three week job in Connecticut followed by a week job in New Hampshire, so this was our quiet alone time before he left. He's back now and we are ready to explore the trails that you see on this sign.

The Green Mountain Club access road is blocked.
But nobody is allowed on the road.
A tattered Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly  (Papilio glaucus)
A beaver lodge across Wheeler Pond
An unidentified dragonfly
A solitary loon was on the pond
A green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) was guarding her nest near shore.
Moose Mountain reflected in Wheeler Pond
Wheeler Pond with Moose Mountain
White admiral butterfly  (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)
A hidden,  secretive bog
A water strider in a drying brook (order Hemiptera)
And at the other end of the road: Wheeler Mountain


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